Thursday, January 31, 2013
BURGLARY victims have been urged to scour Internet auction site eBay for their stolen items.
Huntingdonshire’s new chief inspector, Melanie Dales, said victims are more likely to identify their own property than an officer going through the site, which would help catch criminals who are increasingly more likely to try and sell stolen goods online.
More than 80 homes have been broken into in the last three months in Eaton Socon, Eaton Ford, Southoe, Little Paxton, Great Staughton, Buckden, Toseland and Perry. Officers have stepped up the number of patrols in the area.
Five homes have been burgled in the St Neots area since last Wednesday (January 23).
Chief Insp Dales said: “It is my number one priority to stop the number of burglaries in the St Neots area. We have a pretty good idea of who it is and we just need to catch them in the act. It is St Neots people stealing from St Neots people so someone will know what they are up to as they will have new items or more money at their disposal.” She added: “If victims look on eBay they will spot their property. We can track the thieves down easily through the site.”
CONTACT: Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. If a burglary is ongoing you should call 999.