Burnt out Land Rovers found after Cranleigh burglaries

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Police are investigating a spate of burglaries in Surrey in the early hours of Wednesday morning (May 27) including two in Cranleigh.

Garden Machinery Centre and Farnfield Yard, both in Guildford Road, Cranleigh, were broken into between 3am and 5am.

In addition, Honey Brothers in New Pond Road, Peasmarsh, was broken into at around the same time.

Petrol engine gardening equipment and chainsaws were taken from the two properties in Cranleigh, Surrey Police said.

Officers are also investigating a similar incident at Farncombe Railway Station at 4.45am involving the attempted theft of a ticket machine.

The offences in Peasmarsh and Farncombe involved the use of a dark-coloured Land Rover Discovery, police said, and two men who were dressed in dark clothing.

A vehicle believed to be the Land Rover was found burnt out near Godalming shortly after 5am.

Officers are also investigating a possible link to a burnt out Land Rover Freelander found on a track near Bramley at around 4.50am. It was reported as being stolen in Bramley after 9pm on May 26.

Investigating officer detective constable Kerry Whindle from Guildford CID said: “We are appealing for anyone who saw anything suspicious in these areas on the night or in recent days or weeks.

“Likewise if you saw either of the two vehicles mentioned please get in touch with us immediately as we are keen to trace their movements in the area.

“We suspect that the same people were responsible for the Peasmarsh and Farncombe train station incidents and at this stage we are working to establish whether the other incidents are linked in any way with those or each other.”

Waverley safer neighbourhood team inspector Rachel Griffiths said: “I understand that these incidents will cause alarm in the area but the public can be sure we are committed to catching the culprits.

“I would ask that if you are concerned about security please get in touch with us so we can provide you with the relevant advice.

“You can also take simple steps by double checking your alarms, making sure any CCTV you have is working and that your locks are sufficient.

“I would advise anyone with valuable property to register it on http://www.immobilise.com/ or to keep an inventory including the description, serial number and photograph of each item.

“Owners should use an ultraviolet pen or forensic-coding product to property mark all valuable items with their postcode and house number. This makes them uniquely identifiable and increases the chance of stolen goods being returned to their rightful owner.”

Surrey Police are appealing for witnesses. Anyone with information can contact Surrey Police on 101 or report it online at https://my.surrey.police.uk/splonlinereportingweb quoting the reference number 45150044176.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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