Shotguns and After Eights stolen in burglary spree

Some of the shotguns stolen during a burglary in Chinnor
Some of the shotguns stolen during a burglary in Chinnor

Shotguns, watches, ornaments and even a box of chocolates have been stolen during three burglaries which are being linked by police.

The shotguns, which belonged to the deceased father of the victim were stolen from a home in Timber Way, Chinnor between 7.45am and 3.45pm on Friday after thieves broke into a home and forced the gun cabinet from the wall of the master bedroom and stole the four shotguns that were kept inside it.

The guns that were taken are:

> A rare Miroku Presidential over/under, 12 bore shot gun, which has an oval silver crest pressed into the wooden butt of the gun. This has been rounded and polished. The rifle is on the bottom of the above image.

> A Miroku over/under 12 bore shot gun, pictured on the top of the above image.

> A Miroku over/under, 12 bore, self-loading shot gun (not pictured)

> A Miroku over/under, 12 bore shot gun (not pictured)

> A .22 air rifle (not pictured)

> A blue handbag containing shooting vests, ear defenders and shot gun certificates.

Several high-value pieces of jewellery inherited by the victim were also stolen including an Omega Constellation wrist watch, a pocket watch, and a Rolex GMT Master wrist watch.

In a second incident, thieves broke into a home in Station Road, Chinnor between 5.30pm and 8.45pm on Friday.

Wedding and engagement rings, two Royal Doulton figurines, a box of After Eight chocolates and a bottle of kitchen cleaner was also taken.

Officers believe this was used by the thieves in an attempt to remove fingerprints from the scene.

In a third incident, thieves broke into a home in Chinnor Road, Aston Rowant between 8.40am and 6.40pm on Friday.

Thieves removed a UPVC patio door from its hinges and although no items were stolen several objects from the house that would have been touched by the thieves, such as the alarm panel and alarm from the wall, were found outside in a metal bin full of detergent water in an attempt to remove fingerprints.

Officers believe the three incidents from the weekend are connected to recent burglaries in Tilehurst and Reading, and also another burglary in Hampshire.

They would like to speak to anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the vicinity of these incidents on March 6, and also to anyone with information about the whereabouts of the shotguns taken in the Timber Way incident.

Investigating Officer PC Gavin Chan said: “I would like to take this opportunity to reassure Chinnor residents that we are conducting a thorough investigation into the offence.

“If you don’t want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”