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Monday, 30 March 2015

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Thieves target Volkswagen vans

Thieves are targeting Volkswagen Transporter and Camper vans in Carlisle

Police say crooks have taken either wheel trims or broken into vehicles of these makes in a string of crimes across the city, striking in areas including Upperby, Denton Holme and Harraby.

Officers have issued advice to owners to try to thwart thieves.

Vehicles were targeted on:

  • Warwick Road overnight on March 31, where a Transporter van was broken into and the crooks tried to steal a sat nav system but left with a tool box.
  • Cant Crescent, Upperby, overnight on April 3, where wheel trims were stolen.
  • Nelson Street, Denton Holme, overnight the same night, where again wheel trims were taken.
  • Ruthella Street, off Newtown Road, overnight on April 4. Wheel trims were stolen.
  • Dale End Road, Harraby, overnight on April 8, when wheel trims were taken.
  • Carleton, on the outskirts of Carlisle, overnight on Thursday. A Volkswagen Transporter van was broken into and a stereo was stolen.
  • Dale End Road, Harraby, overnight on Friday, when wheel trims were stolen.

A police spokesman said: “Our advice to owners of this type of vehicle is to ensure that your wheel trims are as secure as possible.

“Owners should also take steps to make them readily identifiable should the police stop similar vehicles or indeed recover any wheel trims.

“This could be done by marking the inside of the wheel trims with a post code and house number.

“Police are appealing for anyone with any information about these crimes to contact officers on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”


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