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Creech St Michael car owners 'sickened' by break-in rampage
PEOPLE in Creech St Michael are being warned to watch their vehicles after several cars were broken into on Tuesday and Wednesday night this week.
Thieves targeted the cars on Queen's Down, Ryesland Way, Arundells Way and Triscombe Drive.
Cllr Kelly Durdan, district councillor for Creech St Michael, was one of the residents who had her car broken into.
She said expensive clothes, an engagement ring and her son's school equipment were some of the items stolen.
She added: "I am really upset about it because nothing is your own if people are going to come and take it.
"My son's schoolbag was thrown across the garage - it doesn't sound like much but he is seven years old."
Another car owner Amy Thrussell said someone had broken into her vehicle.
She added: "It's sickening and disheartening to think someone sat in my driver's seat and rummaged through my car.
"Luckily nothing was taken that I know of but they don't think about people's feelings when they do it."
Doreen Govier, who lives in West View, said her car alarm went off at 2.15am.
She added: “I usually put my car in the garage at night but didn’t last night.
“I went outside to check it was locked and it was but I didn’t see anyone.
“I couldn’t get back to sleep as I was so afraid and worried.”
Avon and Somerset Police are investigating the matter and Creech St Michael parish council chairman Steve Wellman said: "With the darker nights coming along, there is more cover for these people to do untowards things.
"I would urge people in the village to be extra vigilant because we are at that time of year when these things do happen."
Police are urging people who may have seen anything to get in touch with them via the 101 non-emergency number.
Sergeant Huw Jenkins, from Taunton Urban and Rural Beat Team, said plain clothed officers would be patrolling rural areas over the next few days.
He added: “Officers have attended and liaised with the victims, ensuring evidence has been secured at the earliest opportunity.
“Local PCSOs have been tasked to conduct additional patrols in the affected areas, giving reassurance and crime prevention advice to the local community.”
An Avon and Somerset Police spokesman also said: "We are asking people to always lock their cars and do not leave valuables on display."
Were you affected by the break-ins? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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