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Car crime on the rise in Selby


7:56am 30th September 2011

Police in Selby are appealing for information and stepping up patrols following a recent spike in vehicle crime in the district.

Between Tuesday 27 September and Thursday 29 September 2011, one car has been stolen and property has been stolen from six vans and a curtain sided lorry.

A blue Suzuki Vitara was stolen between midnight and 4am on Thursday 29 September from an address on Weeland Road.  

Two vans were broken into overnight between 10pm on Tuesday 27 September and 6.30am on Wednesday 27 September 2011 in Larkfield Road and Parkways. Four more thefts occurred between 8.30pm on Wednesday 28 September and 7am on Thursday 29 September 2011 from vehicles parked on Sandy Rise, Doncaster Road, the Mount and Westbourne Road.

In each case the thieves broke into the vehicle before stealing high value professional power tools which had been left in them.

The stolen items have a total value of several thousand pounds and include power tools such as Stihl saws, a chain saw, circular saws and drills manufactured by Bosch, Dewalt, Fein and Paslode.

Between 1030pm on Tuesday 27 September and 3am on Wednesday 28 September 2011, a curtain sided lorry which was parked at Selby Fork had its side slashed. The thieves stole 47 boxes each containing 6 Gillette razor and shaving gel gift sets and 30 boxes of shockwave hair gel. The total value of the items is £3,800.

Police Sergeant Jackie Booth, of the Selby Safer Neighbourhood Team, said:

“I would like to remind owners of business vehicles not to leave tools in their vehicles overnight. This is especially important as the nights draw in and the thieves can operate under the cover of darkness.

“I would also advise that owners also place a sign in the vehicle stating that tools are not kept in the vehicle while it is unattended.

“I need to speak to anyone who witnessed the thefts or has any information about the people responsible and ask that they contact the police or Crimestoppers as a matter of urgency.

“I would like to reassure local residents that we have put extra patrols in place and will be targeting the areas which have been affected by the thefts over recent days.”

If you can assist with this investigation please contact Selby police on 0845 60 60 24 7 quoting reference number 12110165028. Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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