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Five thefts from vans in Droitwich one day

Droitwich Editorial 11th Dec, 2014 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016

THIEVES targeted more than five vehicles in the space of 24 hours across Droitwich.

It is believed the raiders, who escaped with more than £3,000 worth of power tools, used some sort of device to cut holes in a number of van doors to gain access.

The first incident took place between 5.30pm on Tuesday (December 2) and 8.30am the following morning.

A VW Transporter van was parked on a driveway off Newlands Road when it was targeted by thieves who managed to punch an oblong shape through the sliding door by the lock.

The lock on the interior cage was also broken – in total £240 of damage was caused.

Among the items taken was a £700 Kane and May gas analyser, a Makita jigsaw, core drill and hammer drill worth £600 together, a £200 Milwaukee combi battery drill, a Hitachi impact drill valued at £130 and a Dewalt battery drill worth £160.

Thieves also escaped with a blue 240v SDS Drill worth £100, a £300 Makita hammer drill and a Bosch battery drill valued at £500 using a similar method to get into a white Vauxhall Vivaro parked outside a home on Cresswell Close, in Fernhill Heath.

The incident took place some time between 7pm and midnight on Tuesday (December 2).

A silver VW Transporter van parked on a car park off Worcester Road, in Wychbold, was also targeted.

Another van parked on Teasel Way was broken into by thieves using the same method before they took a £180 Bosch laser level, Makita reciprocating saw worth £160 and a QEB tile cutter valued at £150.

Thieves targets the red Vauxhall Vivaro van which was parked on a drive between 10.30pm on the Tuesday and 8.30am the next morning.

Between 4.30pm on Tuesday (December 2) and 9am the following day thieves attempted to break into the van by cutting a hole in the passenger side door but nothing was stolen as no entry was gained.

A hole was made in the side door of a VW Transporter van, parked outside a home on Yew Tree Hill, but again nothing was stolen as the thieves were unable to get in – £100 of damage was caused.

It is believed that incident took place between 2am and 4am on December 3.

More than £120 of damage was caused to a white VW Transporter van parked on a drive off the Droitwich Road, in Fernhill Heath.

Te raiders used a cutting device to cut a square hole into the vehicle but were unable to gain access.

Insp Janet Heritage, from Droitwich Safer Neighbourhood Team, said patrols were being stepped up and officers were being extra vigilant while on the look-out for the offences.

“I would like to urge anybody who is offered cheap tools to come and let us know about it.

“If anybody has any information in respect to anyone committing these offence they should let us know now.

“We advise people to make sure their vehicles are secure and to remove items of value when not in use.”

Anyone with any information should call police on 101.

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