Van raids spark police plea

Police are appealing for witnesses after two vans were broken into near Alnwick, Northumberland.

Overnight from Monday, April 15, into Tuesday, April 16, a white van parked at South Farm in Glanton, Alnwick, was broken into and a red Hilti cordless drill, black and yellow Dewalt drill, orange Stihl saw, a red Hilti cordless drill, a green Hitachi angle grinder and hand tools were stolen.

Over the same time frame, at Eglingham, a van was broken into and a pipe bender, Hitachi cordless drill, thermometer and Testo gas analyser were stolen. Police are appealing for witnesses.

Neighbourhood Inspector Paul Truscott said: “It’s a timely reminder for people to remove anything of value from their vehicles. While it may take some time to remove items, these few minutes could ultimately prevent a lot of frustration, not to mention cost.

“We’re aware of the impact thefts such as this can have on a person’s livelihood as these tools are used in a person’s work, and we will continue to do everything possible to trace those involved in such thefts.

“Anyone who saw anything suspicious overnight on Monday into Tuesday, who knows who is responsible or where the stolen property is asked to get in touch with us as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.