Thieves go on a crime spree in Staffordshire stealing cars, parts and tools

The thieves went on a crime spree in Staffordshire, stealing three cars, £1,700 worth of tools and £15,000 worth of catalytic converters. Thefts have taken place at addresses in South Staffordshire, Cannock, Lichfield and Stone.

A black Land Rover was stolen – without its keys – near Kitchen Lane in Essington between midnight on Monday May 2 and Tuesday May 3 at 9 a.m. He 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 on the night of Monday May 2 to Tuesday May 3.

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And a blue VW Golf R TSI was also stolen near Whitemill Lane, 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, Rugeley, at some point on the night of Sunday May 1 to Monday May 2.

Staffordshire Police say a Stihl saw and blade, laser level and Dewalt cordless drill – 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 converters are believed to have been taken from Vauxhalls in a garage on Eastern Avenue, Lichfield. The break-in happened 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 robbery reportedly took place around 1:25 a.m., where six white Renault low-loader vans were targeted.

Chief Inspector David Wain, vehicle crime manager at Staffordshire Police, said: “These criminals are having a significant impact on members of the public and local businesses in the area. Offenders may specifically target work vans and company vehicles assuming they will contain valuables inside.

“As such, tools should be removed from vehicles overnight and stored in a secure area. These tools can also be marked with paint pens and sealed with hairspray to ensure they are easily traced and identified if they come into contact with thieves.

“Where possible, ensure your vehicle is parked in clear view of CCTV and secured at all times. If you have a keyless vehicle, consider storing your electric remotes in a Faraday bag – to block the signal – and away from access points.

“You can further secure your vehicle with a steering lock and leave it in a locked garage, if you have one. When using public parking, consider parking your vehicle in a high-visibility area, with your hood against the wall.”

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