More post boxes swiped from quiet villages in East Staffordshire

A fourth post box has been stolen from villages around East and South Staffordshire as details of several more bizarre thefts emerge. Staffordshire Police is issuing a fresh appeal for information after more instances of strange thefts, including post boxes and property signs, came to light. Following the initial theft of three post boxes and a property sign from locations in Yoxall, Woodmill and Rugeley last week, the latest items have been taken from Yoxall, Rugeley and Abbots Bromley.

The first of the latest thefts occurred when a post box was taken in Newlands Lane, Stockwell Heath, Rugeley, some time between 10.50am on November 9 and 11am on November 10. There was a property sign taken at around 10.20pm on November 10 in Morrey Lane, Hadley End, Yoxall. Another theft saw 2.5m of metal chain taken from Blithfield Reservoir, in Port Lane, Abbots Bromley, between 4pm on November 10 and 7am on November 11.

Officers have received reports a dark pickup truck may be involved. The vehicle was reported being seen in Morrey Lane. The three post boxes stolen last week were in 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, in Upper Hoar Cross Road, Hadley End. 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 555111.

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