Van crimewave across villages

Police are warning commercial van drivers to beware of thieves who are stealing tools
Police are warning commercial van drivers to beware of thieves who are stealing tools

Police have issued a warning about thieves who are stealing tools from vans parked in rural villages.

Between Monday 2nd February and Wednesday 4th February, nine incidents were recorded in Hucknall, Underwood, Westwood and Selston, with five break-ins reported on the same day.

Inspector Nick Butler said: “Please remove tools from your vans overnight if possible and put signs on the vehicle to indicate that nothing is left in them overnight. If you see anyone acting suspiciously near vans contact the police as soon as possible using 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress.”

Police are appealing for descriptions of the persons involved, their clothing or details of any vehicles.

In the early hours of Monday 2nd February in New Westwood, Westwood, a saw and three drills were stolen from the boot of a Fiat car.

On Tuesday 3rd February in the car park of the Premier Inn, Nottingham Road, Hucknall, the back window of a Vauxhall Saffira was smashed and three DeWalt drills and a test monitor were stolen.

On Tuesday 3rd February in Old Chapel Lane, Underwood, the side door of a Ford Transit van was forced. Nothing was taken. Around the same time on Tuesday in Upper Mexborough Road, Selston, the back doors of two vans were forced open. At this time it is believed that nothing was stolen.

Also on Tuesday 3rd February in Hankin Avenue, Underwood, the rear side sliding door of a van was prised open and a drill was stolen. On the same day, in Royal Oak Drive, Selston, a van had its rear side sliding door forced and plumbing tools were stolen.

Overnight between Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th February on Sherwood Way, Selston, the lock of a Peugeot Expert van was forced and a DeWalt pin gun and two cordless drills plus charger were stolen.

During the same time on Alfreton Road, Underwood, the side door of a silver Ford transit van was forced open but nothing was taken; and the number plates were stolen from a Vauxhall Corsa parked on Victoria Road, Selston.