Burglars targeted a Newton Poppleford home in a spate of broad daylight break-ins – then used bleach and other cleaning products to cover their tracks.
Police are appealing for information after the East Devon dwelling was one of three raided by crooks on Tuesday, September 8.
The others were in Cullompton and Bradninch in Mid Devon.
Officers say a silver Skoda Octavia with a false registration plate was used during two of the burglaries.
A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: “In each case, the break-ins have occurred at residential addresses during the day and tools have been used to gain entry.
“The offenders have then used bleach or other cleaning products to cover their tracks.
“On two occasions, a silver Skoda Octavia was present with two or three occupants, and a false number plate was used.
“Three burglaries occurred on Tuesday 8 September in Cullompton, Bradninch and Newton Poppleford, near Sidmouth. Another burglary occurred in Willand, near Cullompton, on Monday 7 September.
“Residents living in areas close to the M5 are reminded to ensure their homes are secure when going out and to report any suspicious activity to police.”
Anyone with any information is urged to contact police by calling 101, or emailing at email@example.com, quoting crime reference CR/075196/20.