Police investigating Halloween burglaries in Stoke Cannon make arrests

Police investigating a series of burglaries in Stoke Cannon on Halloween are asking residents to check to their property.

Devon and Cornwall Police said a man entered homes in Green Lane and Gardiners Close but left empty-handed after he was challenged by owners.

A man carrying a knife entered a property in Vinnicombe Road but fled – dropping the knife when he was challenged by the homeowner, said police.

Devon and Cornwall Police said the incidents took place between 6.30pm and 9.50pm, on October 31.

Police conducted a search of the village. Officers are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: “A man entered homes in Green Lane and Gardiners Close but left empty-handed after being challenged by the owners.

“Later another man carrying a knife entered a home in Vinnicombes Road. He fled when challenged by the owner, dropping the knife.

“No one was threatened with the knife or injured during any of the incidents.”

The spokesperson added: “It is believed further properties could have been targeted in Stoke Canon on the same night between 5pm and 10.50pm.

“Police are asking people in the village to check their premises and report any offences to them.”

Devon and Cornwall Police said a 26-year-old man from Tiverton was arrested on suspicion of burglary and possession of Class C drugs.

A 31-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of burglary and driving while unfit through drugs.

Police said they have been released under investigation for further enquiries to be completed.

If you have information, contact police at 101@dc.police.uk or call 101, quoting crime reference CR/098578/19.

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