Burglar leaves a trail of blood in Broseley break-ins
A burglar left a trail of blood after targeting at least six properties in Broseley in the early hours of this morning, including a butcher's shop.
The front door of Andrew's Family Butchers in Broseley was smashed through in one break-in.
Large amounts of cash were stolen during the raid, which was conducted in a "haphazard manner".
The doors and windows of a number of properties in the area were also forced or smashed open – with valuable items being stolen.
Police say it is possible they are linked to a number of similar burglaries that took place in Much Wenlock this week.
After receiving calls from a number of residents, police arrived at the scene within fifteen minutes and conducted a search in the High Street area.
The burglar is thought to have injured themselves in the process – leaving a trail of blood through the butchers.
A spokesman for West Mercia Police said: "Several burglaries and attempted burglaries were reported to the police on the morning of Thursday.
"Doors and windows to a number of premises had been forced or smashed open by an unknown offender, or offenders, and items stolen.
"Officers were on the scene within fifteen minutes and conducted a search in the area of the High Street. A further unreported burglary at a commercial premises was quickly identified.
"So far the police have identified that at least six properties have been targeted. The burglaries were conducted in a haphazard manner and it is believed that the offender has probably injured themselves, specifically cuts to their hands.
"Given the modus operandi used in these crimes, it is possible that they are linked to a number of similar offences that took place in Much Wenlock earlier this week."
Police are appealing for anyone who saw anything or might know any information that could assist in identifying who was involved to come forward.
Crime scene officers have attended a number of the properties to collect forensic evidence and a further investigation will take place.
Anyone with any information should call the police on 101. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or at crimestoppers-uk.org
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