Bank Holiday thefts from motor vehicles in Burton

Reports of three thefts from vehicles received this morning (1 September) from addresses in Burton on Trent over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Intruders entered a locked and secure business premises and forced entry to a van on the forecourt, causing extensive damage. Nothing was stolen from the van. (Incident number 128 of 1 September)

Offenders gained entry to a van parked in Byrds Lane, B-o-T, causing damage and stealing numerous hand tools. (Incident number 130 of 1 September)

Offenders gained entry to an insecure van parked in Collinson Road, Barton Under Needwood, stealing a Hitachi drill impact driver KC18OGLUA worth £150 and Forge steel tool box containing £300 worth of tools. No damage was caused to the vehicle. (Incident number 135 of 1 September)

Items were stolen from the open boot of a vehicle in Heathfield Road, Uttoxeter  whilst the owner was loading it. The owner was distracted and on returning to vehicle found various items missing. Opportunist thieves stole an X2 Kobo Ark7 android tablet worth £80, black wallet cases, Kindle with attached keyboard e-reader worth £90 and a camel Kindle flip case worth £10. (Incident number 186 of 1 September)

Inspector Rachel Joyce, Deputy Commander of East Staffs Local Policing Team (LPT), said : “Drivers can take a few simple measures to reduce their chances of becoming a victim of this sort of crime.

Many criminals often just take advantage if an opportunity appears – if they go past a car and see a mobile phone on the seat or a satnav in its cradle, they’ll break in and take them. If the vehicle looks empty, they are far more likely to leave it alone. By keeping things out of sight, your vehicle may present less of an open invitation to them”

Anyone who has any information on the above thefts is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting the relevant incident number.