Police appeal after car parts and power tools stolen in Exmouth
PUBLISHED: 12:21 23 June 2017 | UPDATED: 12:25 23 June 2017
Police are appealing for information after parts were removed from cars and power tools were stolen from vans in Exmouth and Budleigh last weekend.
Officers say Honda Accords were targeted for their catalytic converters between 5.30pm on Sunday (June 18) and 8am on Monday (June 19).
Devon and Cornwall Police say an exhaust and a catalytic converter were cut off one car parked in Fraser Road. Another converter was taken from a vehicle in the Moormead area of Budleigh Salterton ‘during a similar time frame’.
Exmouth police are also investigating after items were stolen from vehicles between Friday, June 16, and Monday, June 19.
Exmouth PSCO Malcolm McGuire said: “People should take care by keeping car windows closed and doors locked and by keeping valuables out of view.
“Tourists and locals flock to seaside, particularly in the summer months, and can be vulnerable to car crime.
“Phones, bags, sat navs and other valuables left on show in vehicles can be a target for criminals. We would urge people to remove all valuables from sight to prevent temptation from opportunistic thieves.
“By taking some simple precautions, people can help police to reduce crime while preventing the heartache of losing valuables and belongings.”
Police say thieves gained entry to a locked van in the Marles area of Exmouth and stole around £2,000 worth of expensive power tools.
According to officers, a woman had a Samsung tablet worth £800 snatched from her car in Albion Hill after being ‘distracted’ by someone.
Devon and Cornwall Police also said around £1,500 worth of power tools was taken from a white van parked in the Jarvis Close car park.
Police are urging anyone who may have seen anything suspicious to contact them and are especially asking the public to be on their guard for opportunist thieves preying on vehicles.
Anyone with information should email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 101 quoting references CR/048720/17 for the Fraser Road incident and CR/048741/17 for the Budleigh catalytic converter theft, CR/048858/17 for the Marles incident, CR/048683/17 for the Albion Hill tablet theft and CR/048605/17 for the incident in Jarvis Close car park.