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Burglars target Newmarket restaurant and two Mildenhall properties in one hour but leave practically empty handed

PUBLISHED: 13:51 17 February 2017 | UPDATED: 14:30 17 February 2017

Stock image of a burglar. Picture: BRIAN A JACKSON

Stock image of a burglar. Picture: BRIAN A JACKSON

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Burglars are being hunted by police after hitting three west Suffolk properties in one hour – however, the criminals failed to steal anything of worth.

Police are appealing for witnesses following the incidents in Mildenhall and Newmarket, which took place between around 9pm and 10.15pm last night.

The first two took place in Mildenhall. Officers were called just after 9pm to reports a window had been smashed at a commercial premises on Fred Dannatt Road, and that an alarm had been activated.

Police attended the scene and found that forced entry had been attempted by smashing a window. Access is thought to have been unsuccessful, and the suspects left empty handed.

A second business in the same area was also found by officers to have a broken window pane. It is believed the suspects may have attempted to break in but were also unsuccessful.

It is understood a light-coloured flatbed-style vehicle was seen in the area around the time of these incidents and officers are now investigating possible links between the three break-ins.

The third took place in Newmarket, where the burglars entered a roadside restaurant.

Police were called at 10.10pm on Thursday (February 16) by a member of the public reporting a burglary in progress at a roadside restaurant at the Newmarket A14 services.

Police quickly attended the scene and discovered entry to the premises had been gained by smashing a glass door. The suspects stole a cash till, which is believed to have been empty, before fleeing the scene in a light-coloured vehicle.

The vehicle is described as a pick-up-style truck or Land Rover, believed to have travelled along Heath Road in the direction of Exning.

The suspects are described as two men who were both wearing dark clothing with hoods.

Police are investigating possible links between the three break-ins.

Witnesses or anybody who has any information related to the incident are asked to call police on 101, quoting reference 18066/17 (Newmarket) and 18074/17 (Mildenhall).

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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