A number of thefts took place in Lympstone at the end of last month, prompting a police appeal for help and information.

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Police are keen to trace the culprits who untied two boats from their moorings at Lympstone, after stealing motors and outboards from the vessels.

Officers said the thefts took place on or around Tuesday, August 28.

Devon and Cornwall police said a spate of thefts occurred in the village on that night, with £20,000 of property taken.

Officers said two cars parked in Lympstone had items stolen after their locks were drilled.

Police Community Support Officer Sarah Trayhurn said: “Two boats were untied from their moorings in Lympstone and both had items stolen from them before the thieves left the boats to just drift.

“By letting the boats drift there was the potential for a great amount of damage and risk to life of any other users of the Estuary.

“It is believed that the offenders used a vehicle due to the weight of the items stolen.”

Police are keen to trace a 40 horsepower Suzuki 4-stroke Leanburn motor - serial no 04003F210091 and also a Mercury 4 h/p Sailpower auxilliary motor - serial no op335555.

Also stolen was an outboard motor with security lock, serial number: 026900XK, and a Tohatsu 3.5horsepower outboard engine, with serial number 075393XH.

Anyone who knows of the whereabouts of the equipment, or who has been offered similar to buy, is asked to contact the police.

PCSO Trayhurn is appealing for witnesses who may have seen or heard anyone acting suspiciously on the night of the thefts, or in the early hours of the following morning, in The Strand area.

Police have revealed how two cars parked near the station had items stolen after their locks were drilled.

Devon and Cornwall police said a blue Peugeot 206 car had a sub woofer and an amp stolen.

A red Peugeot 206 car had a Garmin Nuvi sat nav and charger stolen, plus a Sony blue tooth radio and CD player, with hands free kit, and also various CDs.

Devon and Cornwall police said the thefts followed similar crimes carried out in Topsham just days earlier.

If you have information to help police, call PC 1350 Johnson on 101, quoting crime reference KE/12/2120.

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