More post boxes are dug up and stolen

More Royal Mail post boxes have been dug up and stolen from rural areas across Staffordshire. Property signs and metal chain have also been stolen by brazen thieves and now police have put out a fresh appeal for anyone with information on the thefts to get in touch. Three post boxes were initially stolen, along with a property sign in Yoxall, Woodmill and Rugeley last week.

This time there were thefts in Yoxall and Rugeley again, as well as Abbots Bromley. The post boxes are incredibly heavy and thieves must have used a vehicle to take them away. They would not have been able to carry them off, police have said.

They are now searching for a pick-up truck seen in the areas at the time of the thefts, which police suspect may have been involved. The first of the latest thefts occurred when a post box was taken on Newlands Lane, Stockwell Heath, Rugeley, some time between 10.50am on Monday, November 9 and 11am on Tuesday, November 10. There was another property sign taken at around 10.20pm on November 10 on Morrey Lane, Hadley End, Yoxall.

The post boxes which have been stolen are the smaller ones mounted on posts, which are concreted into the ground. Thieves have used spades to dig up the boxes, taking the entire thing, including the concrete bases. Another theft was of 2.5-metre of metal chain taken from Blithfield Reservoir, Port Lane, Abbots Bromley, between 4pm on November 10 and 7am on November 11.

A Staffordshire police spokesman said: “We have received reports that a dark coloured pick-up truck-type vehicle may be involved as it was reported as seen in the area as noises were heard to do with the theft of the sign in Morrey Lane, Yoxall, in particular.” The three post boxes stolen last week were on Dunstall Lane, Hadley End, Yoxall; Woodmill, Woodlane, Yoxall; and Bancroft Lane, Nethertown, Rugeley. A property sign was also taken from a property called The Oaks, Upper Hoar Cross Road, Hadley End.

Find out more about crime in your area by typing your postcode here: PC Richard Lymer, of the East Staffordshire Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Through our investigations, we have also become aware of further incidences involving a neighbouring force. “We will continue to pool our resources and information in order to catch those responsible.”

Anyone with any information should message Staffordshire Police on Facebook or Twitter quoting incident number 213 and 721 of November 12 and 106 of November 13, call 101 or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

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