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Thieves target tools left in parked vans in Buckingham area

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Police have issued a warning, after a series of tool thefts from vehicles in the Buckingham area.

Tools were stolen from two vehicles on Wednesday. At about 1.28am, two cordless drills were stolen from a vehicle on London Road, after thieves broke in via the front side window.

And at 10.30am, tools and cordless drills were stolen when a van was broken into in Pound Lane, Preston Bissett.

Between 10pm and 10.20pm on the same day, thieves fished out a handbag from a vehicle in Church Lane, Tingewick, through an open rear window.

Fourteen more thefts have taken place in the area since Wednesday, February 19.

Between 6pm and 9pm on February 19, thieves stole a hammer drill and two toolboxes after forcing open the rear doors of a vehicle on Woodlands Crescent, off Moreton Road.

Between 6.30pm on Wednesday, February 19, and 7.30am on Thursday, February 20, thieves forced entry to a van on Hilltop Avenue, Page Hill, and stole two electrical drills.

Between 5pm on Wednesday, February 19, and 7.30am on Thursday, February 20, thieves stole tools including an electrical drill and a toolbox after forcing the back doors of a vehicle on Teeswater, off Moreton Road.

Mobile phones and tools were stolen when two vehicles were broken into on Church Hill between midnight on Wednesday, February 19, and 5.50am on Thursday, February 20.

Between 3am and 7am on Thursday, February 20, thieves stole a hammer drill and two toolboxes from a van in De Clare Court, on Page Hill, after damaging the lock.

At about midnight on Thursday, February 20, three cordless drills were stolen from a van that was broken into on King Charles Close, Page Hill.

And at about 4am on Friday, February 21, boxes of clothing were stolen from a lorry in Osier Way, on the Swan Business Park. Local police inspector James Davies said: “I would like to urge the public to take every precaution possible to secure their tools and to check their vehicle security.

“Please ensure you do not leave any tools overnight in vans and ensure that they are locked away securely.

“Also consider security marking your tools, as this helps us to identify them if stolen and reunite them with their rightful owners.

“We believe that these offences may be linked but we are pursuing all lines of enquiries.

“Please be extra vigilant and report any suspicious activity immediately to the police via the 101 number.”

 

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