Thieves target child’s piggy bank in Cambridgeshire burglary

Police were called out.

Doug Faulkner
Thursday, April 11, 2013
10:18 AM

Cambridgeshire thieves took money from a child’s piggy bank as well as money from unopened birthday cards when they broke into a house.

The burglars stole the cash and electrical goods from a house on New Road, Chatteris, overnight between March 30 and March 31.

As well as the cash electrical items were taken including a Samsung computer, iPod, iPad, a Nintendo DS, DVD player, digital camera and mobile phones.

A number of army medals were also stolen including one dating from World War II.

PC Phil Richardson, investigating, said: “The fact the offenders took money from a child’s piggy bank and also opened several birthday cards in order to steal money inside, is reprehensible.

“I would urge anyone who has any information about who is responsible or who has been offered any of the items for sale to call police.

“The house is located near a busy road and I would also appeal to any motorist who saw anything suspicious to get in touch.”

Overall crime has fallen in Cambridgeshire over the last year with more than 5,000 fewer victims.

Statistics produced by the force for the year ending March 31, show there were 46,435 crimes in 2012/13, a 10.1pc drop on the year before when there were 51,658. Burglary fell by one percent with 28 fewer incidents.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hopkins said: “The force has undergone significant changes in the past two years so I am very pleased that we have maintained our focus on tackling crime.

“It is particularly pleasing to see more than 5000 fewer victims of crime in the past year, and in offences such as robbery, assault and criminal damage, that can have such an impact on victims.

Anyone with any information on the burglary should call PC Richardson on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.


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