OFFICERS investigating the theft of four delivery vans from the Rugby area are appealing for information from the public to help them identify the offenders.
DC Richard Zarcone said: “Since October 24 four vans have been stolen. This is quite unusual and we are keeping an open mind as to whether the incidents are linked. On each occasion the delivery or collection drivers have had their vans stolen whilst on their rounds.”
The latest incident occurred at 3.05pm on yesterday (Thursday) when a white transit van was stolen with keys after the driver was pulled out of the van in Ulverston, Brownsover, Rugby.
Officers were at the scene within minutes and managed to follow the stolen van as it sped off towards Wolvey and then Shilton. Several attempts were made to stop the stolen van and the driver eventually abandoned the vehicle in Wappenbury Road, Wood End, Coventry where he got into a blue transit van that sped off from the area. Investigations are ongoing and officers are appealing for witnesses who saw the male and can help officers identify him.
Officers are also investigating the theft of a Peugeot Expert van taken with keys from Fareham Avenue, Hillmorton, Rugby at 3.10pm on October 24. The offender jumped in and drove off at speed. This van was later found in Walcott on October 27 and is suspected to have been used in a burglary in Cresswell Place, Cawston on October 24 where a bulldog puppy was stolen.
At 1000 hours on November 2 a Ford transit van registration number YR62 DWP was stolen in Townsend Lane, Long Lawford, Rugby after the driver was pushed over and slightly injured, and his keys taken from him. The vehicle has not yet been recovered.
At 10.30am on November 6 a Mercedes Sprinter van registration number KP62 NTJ was stolen from The Kent, Hillmorton, Rugby after the keys were snatched from the driver who managed to flag down a member of the public and follow the vehicle along the A361 towards Kilsby, before it was lost. The vehicle is still missing.
Police are appealing for witnesses to the van thefts including anyone who saw one or more males acting suspiciously in the areas the vans were taken from before the crimes occurred. Officers believe 2 or 3 males may be involved, all white and in their 20s, wearing dark clothing.
Officers are also appealing for information on the whereabouts of the two missing stolen vans.
If you have any information that could assist officers, please contact DC 706 Richard Zarcone in the Acquisitive Crime Team at Rugby Police Station on 01788 853839 or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.