Police warn of St Albans and Harpenden garden tool break-ins


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A SPATE of break-ins has prompted police to remind residents to keep garden tools safe as they are being used by burglars to gain access to homes in the district.

Thieves used a garden spade to damage a window pane in Riverside Road, St Albans, on June 18 and stole a jewellery box.

Two homes were also targeted in Harpenden between June 15 and 16 using gardening tools.

A hoe was used to force open a door in Stewart Road and a safe containing cash was stolen, while a shovel and screwdriver were used to force open a conservatory door and steal Euros in West Way.

Sergeant Sophia Pidgeon from the Operation Scorpion team said: “We expect with the weather getting hotter, residents will be more relaxed about garden security and opportunist burglars will use insecure garden tools to break into homes so they are not caught ‘going equipped’.”

Anyone with information about the recent break-ins should contact police on the non-emergency number 101.