Police are warning residents to be extra vigilant following a spate of burglaries and attempted burglaries.
A total of five properties in Whalley and the Henthorn Road area of Clitheroe have been targeted.
The first attempted burglary, crime number EG1601828, was in the Clitheroe Road area of Whalley in the early hours of Monday, March 28th.
The offenders approached the rear of a property and tried unsuccessfully to force the lock on a shed. They subsequently used the home owner’s step ladders, which were in the garden, to climb up to the shed roof. While attempting to force off the shed roof, the home owner was disturbed and saw the two offenders make off towards Clitheroe Road.
A few days later, a burglar with grey wispy hair broke into a house in Whalley while the family were on holiday.
The intruder smashed a window in the conservatory at the rear of the house in Limefield Avenue at around 1pm on Thursday, March 31st, crime number EG1601898. He then tried to break into the next door property, crime number EG1601897, but was disturbed by another neighbour.
Police officers from Clitheroe attended, but the culprit had already fled. It is not clear what he stole from the first house. The offender is described as a white male, of slim build, aged about 40 to 50 years old wearing a blue boiler suit.
The final offence in Whalley, crime number EG1601940, took place between Friday, March 25th, and Friday, April 1st, when the garage of a house in the Mitton Road area of Whalley was broken into. The offenders smashed a side window on the garage, then removed the window frame and climbed in. The thieves stole several bikes including a Scott Contessa Speedster racing bike, with a blue and black coloured small women’s frame, serial number AF4091595, and some power tools.
Clitheroe has also been targeted with an attempted burglary on a property in the Henthorn Road area, crime number EG1601927, between 7 and 9-15 pm on Friday, April 1st.
Anyone with information about these crimes can call Lancashire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.