Gang target five homes in burglary spree across south Norfolk
- Credit: Matthew Usher
The hunt continues today for a roaming gang who targeted people in their own homes, including three elderly victims, during a spate of burglaries in five of our communities.
The households were targeted in a six-hour spree which saw the gang break into homes in Cringleford, Diss, Hethersett, Mundford and Feltwell.
Norfolk Constabulary believe that all five burglaries are linked and a Methwold man is offering a £5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.
The gang, believed to consist of three or four people, began their wave of terror in the early evening of Tuesday September 20 at a home in Cringleford.
They then travelled south across the county and at about 10pm they were onto their fourth victim, a pensioner in Mundford.
The spree ended in the middle of the night when they smashed their way into the home of a 92-year-old woman in Feltwell who was sleeping.
The gang, who were wearing balaclavas at this point, stayed at the address for around 15 minutes and made the elderly victim watch as they rifled through her possessions.
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After hearing about this incident, Methwold resident Tom Ryves was compelled to help and is offering the £5,000 reward.
He said: 'It was a general feeling that these people are vulnerable and helpless when something like this takes place and it really is this act of aggression that made me want to help.
'And communities have to defend themselves against it and way may be by incentivising people to come forward and give names to the police with a reward.
'No-one wants to give the kind of people who target elderly and vulnerable people the time of day.
'I even think hardened professional criminals would be against it.'
Police are unsure at this point what items have been stolen but they have carried out a thorough search at
each of the properties targeted.
Lorne Green, Norfolk's police and crime commissioner, said of the raids: 'It is wrong to commit this kind of crime against anyone but it particularly wrong to terrorise elderly and vulnerable people and I am familiar to the shock and distress that it can cause.
'We are going to intensify efforts to ensure that people like this, who may be vulnerable, are not victimised or terrorised like this in the future.'
Anyone who witnessed the crimes or has information about them should contact D/Sgt Pete Wilson at Norwich CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.