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By Carl Jackson Thursday 06 December 2012 Updated: 06/12 23:27
A CRIME spree across Bromsgrove district last Wednesday (December 5) saw three burglaries carried out and a car stolen in just three hours.
Police believe all the incidents, which happened between 12.45pm and 4pm, were linked.
Jewellery, cash and car keys were stolen from the first home in Bittell Road, Barnt Green after thieves got in through an unlocked porch and kicked the front door in.
Then, a haul worth more than £4,500 was taken from a home in the next lane, Bittell Farm Road, when the porch and front doors were forced.
The items included a £700 26-inch flat screen Samsung TV, a man's ring with a large diamond worth £1,250, another man's white gold ring with five small diamonds worth £1,000, a £900 Rotary watch with a gold strap, a £400 Rotary watch with a black leather strap and three pairs of cuff-links - two gold and one silver - worth £350. Car keys were also taken, although the vehicle was not stolen.
The getaway vehicle, a £15,000 blue Volkswagen Golf, was driven away from outside the front of the third home in Marlbrook Lane, after thieves got into the kitchen through an unlocked back door and stole the keys, while the man who lives there was upstairs.
A West Midlands Police helicopter picked up the vehicle on the A441 in Hopwood around 3.40pm.
It tracked the car as it went into Kings Norton where it was involved in a crash with another moving vehicle before carrying on to Birmingham where it crashed again - this time in to a police car.
Police said they were forced to abandon the chase at around 4pm, because of how dangerous the escaping vehicle was being driven.
Det Sgt Ed Slough of West Mercia Police said they suspected there were at least two people involved.
"It is significant that vehicle keys were removed from all three homes, although only one car was actually stolen, the blue Golf."
He added that car was still missing and he urged anyone with any information on its whereabouts to contact officers.
"We also want to emphasise to people that if they see anyone acting suspiciously, to note descriptions and take down the registration number of any vehicles being used," he said.
Police have carried out door to door enquiries and community support officers have stepped up patrols in the area in case the thieves return for the other vehicles.
The stolen Golf has the registration VE11 GKF.
Anyone with any information on any of these incidents should contact Det Sgt Slough at Bromsgrove CID on 0300 333 3000.
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