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Police probe two burglaries after home owner attacked

Crime / Mon 18th Aug 2014 at 09:01am

POLICE are appealing for information about two burglaries in Harlow which they suspect are linked. Both offences took place on Thursday July 31. In the first case thieves smashed a window in the rear door of a house in Burley Hill in Harlow between 3.55pm and 4pm. However once they got into the property they were disturbed by the home owner and fled the property empty-handed. One of the suspects is described as a white man, in his mid-20s, of medium build, and 5ft 6in tall. He was wearing a grey hooded top and had a luminous yellow scarf around his face.

In the second offence, two suspects knocked on the door of a house in Long Banks at 5pm. When the home owner came to the door he was punched in the face and had a gold pendant grabbed from his neck. The victim sustained a bruised lip and cuts to his nose and mouth. The suspects then ran off and got into a dark coloured vehicle. One of the suspects was wearing light clothing and a black balaclava. He was also carrying a crowbar.

Investigating officer DC Gav Morris, of Harlow CID, said: “These were two nasty burglaries which have left the homeowners greatly distressed and I am keen to apprehend these suspects as soon as possible. In particular I want to hear from anyone who saw this dark coloured vehicle driving erratically in Harlow on the day in question, especially in either Long Banks or Burley Hill.”

Anyone with information which could assist the investigation can call DC Morris at Harlow CID on 101 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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