Power tools stolen in Radlett burglaries

A NUMBER of power tools have been stolen following two burglaries at properties in Radlett.

Both incidents took place on Oakridge Avenue, between 4.30pm on Wednesday and 8.15am yesterday (Thursday), at properties which were being renovated.

At the first property, one or more offenders forced their way through a boarded-up door and then walked around the partially-constructed building, removing power tools.

Stolen items include cordless drills, an angle grinder and blade, lengths of copper tubing and fittings and power saws.

In the second incident, one or more offenders again forced their way through a boarded-up door and removed power tools which were behind it. Items taken include Dewalt drills and a Hitachi cordless hand drill.

PC Paul Francis, investigating, has reminded residents to ensure their properties are secure at all times, particularly if they are having renovations work done.

He said: “The combination of high-value power tools and renovation materials, like copper pipping, left insecurely in homes, which are often empty while being renovated is an open invitation for burglars. We are urging residents and building workers not to make themselves easy targets in this way.”

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Police believed these burglaries may be linked and have urged anyone with information to get in touch.

PC Francis continued: “Perhaps you saw some suspicious activity in the area at the time of the crime, or perhaps you have seen these tools for sale, many of which will be marked with the owner’s initials of MFC. If so, please contact me.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police via the non-emergency number 101. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.