‘Operation Manhunt’ stepped up to track down serial burglars

Images released by police in connection with a series of burglaries across south east England, below the car police believe was used by the offenders and further e-fits in relation to the burglary spate
Images released by police in connection with a series of burglaries across south east England, below the car police believe was used by the offenders and further e-fits in relation to the burglary spate
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A spate of distraction burglaries across the region has prompted police to renew their appeal for information.

Detectives investigating the series of 35 burglaries – in which elderly people were targeted – have re-released images of the people they would like to speak to in connection with the incidents.

This car is thought to be linked to a series of burglaries in the South East

This car is thought to be linked to a series of burglaries in the South East

They have now released more information and a photo of the distinctive vehicle which they believe has been seen at the scene of some of the crimes.

The burglaries have taken place throughout Hertfordshire including in Kings Langley, along with nearby Bedfordshire, Essex, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Surrey and London.

The victims have been mainly aged in their 80s and 90s, with one victim aged 94.

In the majority of cases, the crooks created a false reason to gain entry to the property to steal, such as investigating a burst pipe, or repairing a water leak.

E-fit of a man believed to be involved in the burglaries

E-fit of a man believed to be involved in the burglaries

It is believed the people responsible are operating in a team of three or four.

The car – a three-door silver Audi A3 sport – is distinctive because it has a sunroof which is not a common feature on the model, and officers believe a number of cloned number plates have been used on the vehicle during the offences.

Det Insp Ben Wright of Operation Manhunt, leading the investigation, said: “We would ask people to look again at these images and please contact us if they can identify these men, or the vehicle pictured.

“We believe these men, who could be from the Islington area, could greatly assist the investigation.

“With the car in particular, we’d ask people to contact us if they believe they have sold this car to anyone, may have seen any suspicious incidents involving the vehicle, or have seen it parked or abandoned.

“Please do get in touch as soon as possible. Any information, however small it may seem, could prove vital to the investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the police non-emergency number 101, quoting Operation Park, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.