Thieves go on crime spree across Staffordshire stealing cars, car parts and tools – Birmingham Live
Thieves have gone on a crime spree across Staffordshire, stealing three cars, £1,700 worth of tools and £15,000 in catalytic convertors. Thefts took place at addresses in South Staffordshire, Cannock, Lichfield and Stone.
A black Land Rover was stolen – without its keys – near Kitchen Lane in Essington at some time between midnight on Monday, May 2am, and Tuesday, May 3, at 9am. It was later found abandoned in the Willenhall area of the West Midlands and seized by officers.
Meanwhile, a white Ford Transit was stolen from a driveway, without keys, near Common Lane in Cannock overnight between Monday, May 2, and Tuesday, May 3.
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And a blue VW Golf R TSI was also stolen near Whitemill Lane, in Stone, between 9.30pm on Tuesday, May 3, and 6.50am this morning, May 4. Elsewhere, tools were stolen from a white Ford Transit van near Blithbury Road, in Rugeley, at some point overnight on Sunday, May 1, and Monday, May 2.
Staffordshire Police say a Stihl saw and blade, laser-level and a Dewalt cordless drill-set – worth a total of £1,700 – were stolen from the vehicle, which was left at the scene. Crooks also targeted a car dealership in Lichfield.
Two catalytic convertors were reportedly taken from Vauxhalls at a garage on Eastern Avenue, in Lichfield. The break-in happened sometime between Monday, April 18 and Thursday, April 28.
While six converters were reported stolen on Cinder Road, near Burntwood Business Park, on Thursday, April 28. The theft reportedly took place at around 1.25am, where six white Renault low-loader vans were targeted.
Chief Inspector David Wain, force-lead for vehicle crime at Staffordshire Police, said: “These criminals have a significant impact on members of the public and local businesses across the region. Offenders may specifically target work vans and company vehicles on the assumption that they will have valuable items inside.
“As such, tools should be removed from vehicles overnight and stored in a secure area. These tools can also be marked using paint pens and sealed with a lacquer spray to ensure they are easily traced and identified, should they come into contact with thieves.
“Where possible, ensure your vehicle is parked in good view of CCTV and secured at all times. If you own a keyless vehicle, consider storing your electric fobs in a Faraday Bag – to block the signal – and away from access points.
“You can further secure your vehicle using a steering-lock and leaving them in a locked garage, should you have one. When using public parking, consider parking your vehicle in a high-visibility area, with your bonnet against the wall.”
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