Turkish coins stolen in spate of Harpenden and Wheathampstead burglaries

PUBLISHED: 13:04 10 April 2018 | UPDATED: 13:04 10 April 2018

The stolen Turkish coins. Picture: Herts police

The stolen Turkish coins. Picture: Herts police


Do you recognise these stolen Turkish coins?

The stolen Turkish coins. Picture: Herts policeThe stolen Turkish coins. Picture: Herts police

Up to 35 decorative, distinctive metals were taken from a house in Harpenden’s Alzey Gardens during a burglary on April 2, between 1pm and 9.30pm.

Herts police officers have released pictures of them in the hope someone will recognise the stolen items.

St Albans Local Crime Unit Det Con Colin Workman said: “These coins are quite distinctive so would be easily recognisable to anyone who may have come across them.

“About 30 to 35 in total, of differing sizes, were stolen. I am appealing for anyone who thinks they may know of the coins’ whereabouts to please get in touch.

The stolen Turkish coins. Picture: Herts policeThe stolen Turkish coins. Picture: Herts police

“I would also like to hear from anyone who may have information about the burglary. Did you witnesses any suspicious activity in the area around the times stated? Any information could assist our enquiries.”

There were several other burglaries in Harpenden and Wheathampstead around the same area over the Easter holiday weekend.

Cash, jewellery, and electrical items were stolen from an address on Bury Green in Wheathampstead between 9am on Saturday, March 31 and 5pm on Sunday, April 1. The crime reference for this is F2/18/685.

Between Friday, March 30 and Tuesday, April 3, burglars damaged a lock to another house on Bury Green to steal jewellery and electrics. This crime is under F2/18/699.

Thugs got inside a third Bury Green house between Saturday, March 24 and Wednesday, April 4, but nothing was taken. This crime reference is F2/18/709.

On the same road and same day, between 10pm and 6.30am, burglars got into a car which was parked on a driveway. They found a house key inside the vehicle and with this, were able to steal both a laptop and the car. This crime is under F2/16/696.

A similar crime was committed, again on Alzey Gardens, between 12.30am and 10am on Tuesday, April 3. Thieves got into a car, stole house keys from inside, and went into the property - however, nothing was taken. Police are using F2/18/698 for this crime.

Between 11.30pm on Monday, April 2 and 6am on Tuesday, April 3, a jar of coins was taken from a house on the Wheathampstead Road end of Piggottshill Lane.

Criminals got inside by forcing the rear door lock. The reference for this is F2/18/697.

Burglars also targeted a house on Orchard Avenue in Harpenden between Wednesday, March 28 and Wednesday, April 4. They forced open a rear door but took nothing from inside. Police have logged this as F2/18/708.

St Albans Local Crime Unit Det Insp Alex Warwick commented on the burglary spree: “Unfortunately these areas have been hit hard over the bank holiday weekend as criminals often see the holiday periods as times when properties may be more vulnerable.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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