November 7, 2019 10.39 am This story is over 31 months old

Spate of tool thefts in one night from vans in Lincolnshire

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Several vans parked in the south of Lincolnshire were targeted in one night by thieves who stole tools left inside the vehicles.

Van owners are being warned to be on their guard after the following thefts on the night of November 3 and into November 4:

  • A Vauxhall Vivaro van was broken into in South Street, Swineshead. Around £2,000 worth of tools, including saws and nail guns, were taken (Incident 58 of November 4)
  • A Ford Transit van containing around £1,000 worth of tools was stolen from Radcliffe Road in Stamford (Incident 61 of November 4)
  • An attempt was made to break into a van in Old Main Road, Fosdyke. One of the van doors was damaged as a result, but nothing was taken (Incident 67 of November 4)
  • A Renault van was broken into in West Cobgate, Moulton. A quantity of power tools were stolen (Incident 72 of November 4)
  • Two Vauxhall Vivaro vans were broken into in Benner Road, Pinchbeck. The vehicles were empty so nothing was taken (Incident 76 of November 4)
  • A Peugeot van was broken into in Lowgate Avenue in Bicker. £800 of electrical tools were stolen (Incident 121 of November 4)

Sally Picker, crime reduction tactical advisor for Lincolnshire Police, said: “Vans are often targeted by opportunistic thieves who are looking for valuable tools.

“We appreciate that it is often difficult to remove all tools when the van is left overnight, although this is obviously the ideal. If you see anyone acting suspiciously, witness a crime or are offered goods under suspicious circumstances then please call us on 101.”

Anyone with information about these incidents should contact Lincolnshire Police on 101 quoting the appropriate incident number. It can also be reported through the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.