Drivers of Ford Transit vans have been warned the vehicles’ spare
wheels are being targeted by thieves. In a two day period in September
2010, the “spare” was stolen from three vehicles in East Cheshire.
Detective Sergeant Dan Ackerley, in charge of the Cheshire Police
Eastern Area vehicle crime unit, said, "One of the thefts was
in Crewe, the other two were in Middlewich. They all happened while
the vehicles were parked overnight.
"The facts that the thefts all involved the same model of
van and that in each case the spare wheel was taken may be a co-incidence,
but it is possible that a criminal has found a market for these
particular wheels and is stealing to order.
"We just want to warn Transit owners and drivers that this
is happening. The best preventive measure is to park in a well
lit area whenever possible. If it is covered by a security camera,
that is even better.
"The thefts were on the weekend of the 4th and 5th September
at Sutton Lane and Beech Street in Middlewich and at Wistaston
Road in Crewe. Anyone who saw anything suspicious, or who has any
information about the thefts can contact me by calling the Cheshire
Police Information Line 101, or you can leave information
anonymously on the Crimestoppers line 0800 555 111."
Please be aware and report anything suspicious.
Macclesfield Neighbourhood Policing Team 0845 458 6371
Police non-emergency number: 101
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