Residents warned to be vigilant after spate of thefts from cars in Richmond area (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Residents warned to be vigilant after spate of thefts from cars in Richmond area
A SPATE of thefts from cars has prompted police to urge residents to be vigilant and make sure no valuables are left unattended.
Richmond police have also issued an appeal to help find the driver of a stolen black Fiat Panta, registration number NY06 FXB, which has been seen in the area at the same time as a number of the thefts.
Areas targeted include Middleton Tyas, Manfield, Newsham and East Layton.
Since Saturday, August 17, there have been seven reports of thefts from unattended vehicles.
Stolen items include power tools, satellite navigation systems and money.
The driver of the stolen Fiat Panda is described as a white man, in his 20s and wearing a flat cap and either a puffer jacket or a body warmer.
Inspector Mark Gee, from Richmond police, said: “If you have seen the stolen car being driven, or abandoned, anywhere in the local area, or anyone acting suspiciously near vehicles, I urge you to contact the police immediately.
“We also need to speak to anyone who may have been a victim of a similar crime and ask them to get in touch as soon as possible.”
Inspector Gee added: “I would like to remind vehicle owners to take some basic security precautions to help prevent themselves suffering thefts from vehicles.
“If you have a garage, lock you vehicle inside. If you don’t have a garage, don’t leave anything on display and make sure that the vehicle is parked in a well lit area and that any security systems have been activated.”
Vehicle owners should also make sure the sunroof and windows are closed, and if a satellite navigation system is being stored in the glove box, any marks left on the windscreen should be wiped away.
For more crime prevention advice visit northyorkshire.police.uk/crimeprevention.
Anyone who can assist officers to locate either man or the stolen Fiat should contact Richmond police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Heather Campbell.
Alternatively information can be emailed to email@example.com or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555-111 quoting reference number 12130141069.
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