Warning after spate of car thefts across Staffordshire

Police have launched an appeal for information following a spate of car thefts across Staffordshire. Four vehicles were nicked over a three-day period in Burntwood, Cannock and South Staffordshire. Officers were first called to an address off Hill Street, Cannock, at 12.40am on Wednesday, June 1 where a white Ford Transit had been stolen at around midnight.

Officers were then called to another address off Hill Street, Cannock, at 6.35am on the same day. A silver Vauxhall Vivaro van was stolen by three unknown men from a driveway sometime between 10.30pm on Tuesday, May 31 and 6.35am on Wednesday, June 1. The vehicle was found in Walsall.

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A Mercedes Sprinter van was then reported stolen from a business off Cannock Road, Burntwood. It is believed the theft took place between 7.50pm on Tuesday, May 31 and 8am on Wednesday, June 1. The van contained tools, including drills, carpet fitting tools and hacksaws, worth in the region of GBP3,000.

Finally, three days later on Saturday, June 4, officers were called to an address off Langley Road, Lower Penn, near Wolverhampton at 2.20am after a grey Range Rover was reported stolen. The vehicle was found in the Brierley Hill area shortly afterwards. Detectives are now appealing for information to catch the thieves.

And it comes amid a trend of increasing car crime across the West Midlands which is worrying police chiefs. Inspector Christopher Moss of the Cannock Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “The theft of a vehicle can have a devastating impact on people’s livelihoods and family life. It is vital that you do all you can to protect yourself and your property from theft – including using a steering wheel lock, a Faraday pouch for your car keys and ensuring no tools or valuables are left in vehicles overnight.”

Anyone with information on any of the thefts should contact the force on Facebook, Twitter, or call 101, quoting incident number 097 of 4 June.

Alternatively, people can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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