Teenager arrested after Guildford garage thefts
By mattcollison | Tuesday, March 05, 2013, 14:47
A TEENAGE boy has been arrested following a spate of shed and garage break-ins across parts of Guildford.
Police have urged Guildford residents to ensure their sheds and garages are secure following the latest spate of thefts.
A £1,000 electric guitar, three motorbikes and bicycles are among belongings stolen n Onslow, Park Barn and Stoughton in the last few days.
A 15-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of burglary after he was spotted acting suspiciously on Sunday evening (March 3) in the garden of a house in Beech Grove, Guildford, around 5.40pm.
He has been released on bail pending further enquiries, to return to Guildford police station on April 9.
Thieves made off with two off-road motor cycles and three pedal cycles after forcing the door to a garage in High View Road between February 27 and March 1.
A garage in Queens Road was targeted between 10am and 9-15pm on March 1 when a £1,000 guitar was taken.
Six bicycles were taken from a garage in Hilltop Close sometime between February 20-24. One of the bikes was a bespoke GT Hardtail mountain bike and made especially for its owner by his friend with his name engraved on it.
A garage in Bargate Court was broken into overnight on March 2 and tools and ladders were taken during a break-in in St John's Close between February 21-26.
Doors to a number of garages were also targeted, including one in Scillonian Road overnight on March 1. Five garage door handles were ripped off from a block of garages in Greville Close and the door handle of a garage in Hopton Court was broken off, both of which took place overnight on February 25.
Guildford Acting Borough Commander Inspector Amy Buffoni said: "Residents in the Guildford area are being advised to lock up their garden sheds and outbuildings securely.
"Garages and sheds can be an easy target for the opportunist thief particularly if they contain expensive equipment and when they are sited away from main properties where they are not overlooked. I would strongly urge residents to spend some time upgrading garden security so you don't become the next victim of crime."