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Police link Oxfordshire burglaries

Police think a burglary near Chipping Norton could be linked to other cases in Oxfordshire.

Cigarettes and cash were taken when thieves forced their way into the post office on St Michaels Close in Shipton Under Wychwood.

That happened early on Thursday, and officers are linking it to three other break-ins around Oxfordshire on the same day.

Here are all the details on the four crimes:

At around 3.15am on Thursday (1/8) offenders forced entry to the Post Office on Broad Street, Uffington by smashing the glass. Once inside, they stole cigarettes, tobacco and an amount of cash. They left the scene in a vehicle.

At around 3.20am on Thursday (1/8) a group of four men were disturbed by a member of the public on Marlborough Close, Faringdon as they were hanging around a resident’s parked car. The men left the scene in a grey Audi A6 estate car with a loud engine.

At around 3.45am on Thursday (1/8) offenders forced open the front door to the Post Office on Market Square, Bampton. This activated the alarm which alerted residents living nearby. The offenders attempted to use a fire extinguisher at the witnesses before leaving the scene in a vehicle. Cigarettes and cash were stolen.

At around 4.10am on the same day (1/8) offenders forced entry to the Post Office on St Michaels Close, Shipton Under Wychwood, Chipping Norton. Cigarettes and cash were stolen.

The offenders were all wearing dark clothing with their faces covered.

Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Timothy Hawley based at Banbury police station, said: “I believe that these incidents are linked.

“If anyone has any CCTV footage from the time of the offences or thinks they saw anything suspicious around the time, please contact the 24-hour non-emergency number 101, quoting 43190235460 or make a report online.

“If you don’t wish to speak directly with police, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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