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Two for one thieves across Yorkshire

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1:16pm 27th May 2011

Police are urging householders to hide their car keys following a spate of two-in-one burglaries where thieves have broken into homes, taken the car keys before stealing the cars parked outside.

In the latest incidents, a 56-registered, blue Mini Cooper was stolen from Bond Ings Rise, Sherburn in Elmet near Tadcaster. Thieves broke into the house overnight between Thursday 26 and Friday 27 May, grabbed the owner’s keys and stole the vehicle.

An x-registered black Peugeot 206 was stolen overnight from Kingsway, Huby near Harrogate after thieves entered the property between 9.30pm on Wednesday 25 May and 1.30pm on Thursday 26 May.

Police are appealing for anyone who saw anything suspicious in both areas at the time of the burglaries to contact them.

Officers are also urging householders not to leave their keys on view or in places where they are easy for thieves to find once they have broken in.

Inspector Chris Witty of Selby Police said:

“Although two-in-one burglaries are usually planned, thieves are opportunist and will take full advantage of any easy situation they are given.

“We urge people to put as many obstacles in a criminal’s way as possible. Please hide your keys away to avoid temptation in the first place and if they do break in, make their life as difficult as possible.

“Don’t leave keys or valuables near doors, on stairs, window-sills, kitchen work-tops hide them away in a cupboard or wardrobe.

“Most of these burglaries are committed by cross-border criminals who travel to North Yorkshire tempted by the rich pickings of our relatively safe communities. 

“Burglary causes victims a lot of distress and upset, not to mention inconvenience. It won’t be tolerated and we will do everything in our power to stop these thieves in their tracks.”

Anyone who saw anything unusual overnight or who has noticed any suspcious vehicles or behaviour in the area is urged to contact police on 0845 60 60 247. Or, you can give information to Crimestoppers on 0800 888 111. You do not have to give your name and you could qualify for a cash reward.

These two are the latest in a spate of two-in-one burglaries over the past few weeks. Earlier incidents include:

A blue Audi S3 stolen from Scarah Bank cottages, Ripley, Harrogate after thieves broke in overnight between Saturday 21 May and Sunday 22 May.

A blue Ford Mondeo was stolen from Lucas Road, Tockwith bewteen 11pm on Monday 16 May and 2.50am on Tuesday 17 May.

In April, blue Fiat Punto was taken from Sutton in Craven and two white BMW 3 series were taken from separate addresses in Harrogate.

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