Spate of burglaries prompts appeal for information from Richmondshire police

Police in Richmondshire are appealing for witnesses and information following a series of burglaries.

Suspects broke into a house in the Ellerton area between 11am and 12.20pm on Saturday 19 July.

They gained entry by smashing window and made off with distinctive jewellery, including a sapphire eternity ring with half-band sapphire and diamond with “Amanda and Mark” engraved on the inside.

They also took a yellow-gold garnet ring oval shape, a pair of earring studs and a yellow-gold diamond necklace.

Overnight between 17 August and 18 August, a burglary occurred at a service station at Aldbrough St John.

Entry was gained by forcing open a window and the following items were stolen:

  • Snap On diagnostic machine which is red in a black vinyl case with red Snap On logo on the front
  • Silver and red Milwaukee wheel gun stored in a red vinyl case
  • A red Milwaukee angle grinder

A Saab car parked outside the premises was also interfered with.

On 7 August at 1.43pm, there was an attempted burglary at a house on Cow Lane, Middleton Tyas.

It is believed the suspects made off empty handed when the burglar alarm was activated.

PC James Leathley said: “It is unclear at this stage if the incidents are connected, but that is certainly a line of enquiry that is being considered.

“For all of the incidents, I am looking for information about any suspicious people or vehicles that were seen in the area. Even small pieces of detail could help to track down the suspects and bring them to justice.

“In the meantime, I urge local residents and business owners to keep your property secure at all times, continue to be extra vigilant and report any suspicious activity without delay.”

If you can help, please contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for James Leathley. Or email

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 and quote reference number 12170146671.