Wedding photograph stolen in Bromsgrove burglary returned to victim

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A WEDDING photograph, stolen in a Bromsgrove burglary, was returned to the victim in an envelope pushed through the door.

Detectives are not sure whether the photo was returned by the thief, or by someone who found it after being discarded.

The wedding picture was returned with the victim's driving licence following a sneak-in burglary that happened at a property in Middleton Road, Sidemoor, between 10pm on April 29, and 3am on April 30.

A black, imitation crocodile skin handbag and Nokia mobile phone were among the items stolen from the kitchen after entry had been gained through an insecure rear door.

Officers are linking the incident with another sneak-in burglary at a property in King George Close, Sidemoor, in the early hours of April 30, when a black leather handbag containing keys, cash and bank cards was stolen while the householders were sleeping.

Entry was also gained using an insecure back door.

Detective Constable Tony Flannagan said: “At Middleton Road, a wedding photo and driving licence were later pushed back through the door in a hand written envelope.

"It’s possible this was done by the thief following an attack of conscience.

"However, it’s more likely to be someone who came across the items after they were thrown away by the burglars - in which case I would appeal for them to contact us and tell us where they were found.”

Police also need witnesses to come forward to a further two burglaries in Bromsgrove.

At a property in Willow Road, an unknown amount of jewellery was stolen when thieves broke in through a rear door on April 30.

The same day, between 8am and 4.45pm, thieves forced open the front door of a flat in Milton Road, Catshill, and stole electrical items and other property worth a total of £4,305.

The haul comprised a PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 games, 60 Blu-rays, an Apple TV box, two black iPads, an Apple MacBook and mouse, an iPhone 4s, Ray Ban sunglasses, a silver and black Armani watch and a PlayStation 3.

DC Flannagan said: “All burglaries are distressing for the victims and I would urge anyone who saw anything suspicious around any of these addresses from Tuesday through to Wednesday evening to come forward and let us know.

"We are also particularly interested in sightings of any vehicles that might have been parked there in unusual circumstances.”

Police are advising residents to remain vigilant and to take crime prevention measures, which can help officers to trace owners after recovering stolen property.

Anyone with information is asked to call DC Flannagan on non emergency number 101, quoting incident 50-S-300414.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.

For more crime prevention advice visit westmercia.police.uk.

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