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Vet's anger as thieves target van
3:54pm Friday 25th October 2013 in News
A VET has told of his frustration after thieves stole a part from his van in a well-lit North-East street.
Ian Harris parked his Mercedes Vito van in Abbey Road, Darlington, shortly before 7pm, on Thursday evening, while he attended night classes at a nearby college.
He returned about two hours later to find thieves had jacked up his vehicle and removed the catalytic converter.
As well as costing £1,000 to replace the part, the theft also cost Mr Harris a day’s work.
Mr Harris, who works as a vet in Barnard Castle, said he was ‘abosolutely livid’ to discover the theft.
Although the repair costs will be met by his insurance company, Mr Harris says he will still suffer financially as a result of increased premiums.
He said: “It is a residential street, well-lit, there were students passing all the time.
“The thieves must have jacked the van up to steal the catalytic converter – it is just completely and utterly brazen.”
Anyone with information about the theft can call Darlington police on 101.
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