West Yorkshire; Police link similar break-ins
Police are hunting a burglar who woke a householder to demand the keys for the Range Rover parked outside after breaking in. The raider eventually stole a silver Vauxhall Vectra belonging to someone else in the house after threatening the 20-year-old man he had woken. Detectives have linked the burglary, in Fairweather Green, on February 11, to three similar incidents in Kirklees which occurred in the space of a few days. Detective Inspector Mark Truelove, of Kirklees CID, said, 'These offences are worrying. I am concerned that the suspect has no apprehension about entering someone’s home and asking the occupants for their car keys. This is very unusual but also very distressing for victims. We need to apprehend the offender responsible.'
The suspect has been described as white, in his mid to late 20s, about 6ft tall and stocky. Det Insp Truelove added, 'I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to activate their house alarm before going to bed at night, as well as locking all exterior doors when they are at home – whether during the day or at night. In my experience offenders do not generally target homes with burglar alarms. On the rare occasion this might occur, they don’t hang around to search for property.'
Anyone with information is asked to contact Airedale and North Bradford CID on 0845 6060606 or Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555111.
Shropshire; Have you seen missing border collie Soot?
Police have joined in to help with the search for a missing hearing dog for the deaf, which was stolen along with her owner’s car. Border collie Soot was inside a grey Land Rover Discovery - which was stolen from the Tesco Hermitage Road service station in Low Town, Bridgnorth, Shropshire on February 22. Two men in a white van were filling up at the same time as the hearing dog owner in Cann Hall Road, Low Town. One of them got into the Land Rover and the other man followed in his van as they drove away without paying for their fuel, police said. Police officers from West Mercia Police, who are investigating the crime, say they received a number of sightings of Soot over the weekend - from people who spotted the dog in the Stewponey area of the A449, Stourton.
Soot’s owner Peter Ward, who is partially deaf, has been left lost without his beloved dog and the man from Chelmarsh near Bridgnorth has offered a reward for the safe return of Soot. The dog is believed to have been dumped in the area as at least three sightings have been reported since Sunday afternoon. Anyone who sees Soot is urged to call West Mercia Police on 0300 333 3000, or people living in Stourbridge with information about the theft or the dog’s whereabouts can contact Dudley Police on 0345 113 5000. The stolen Land Rover Discovery DN08JXJ has not yet been recovered. Police are studying CCTV in a bid to catch the thieves and have urged anyone who saw a silver 08-registration Land Rover Discovery in the area or heading towards Kidderminster to call 0300 333 3000.
Birmingham; Brierley Hill man whose Range Rover Sport was stolen catches seller
A man robbed of his Range Rover by someone posing as a buyer spotted his vehicle for sale in Auto Trader and successfully brought the bogus seller to justice.
Victim Ulfat Ali and his family arranged to inspect the car at a meeting on a car park with John Williams. They then stalled the bogus seller, of Fens Crescent, Brierley Hill, until the police arrived to arrest him.
Williams was sentenced to nine months in prison suspended for 12 months, with 12 months supervision, after pleading guilty at Warwick Crown Court to handling stolen property. Prosecutor Iain Willis told the court that Mr Ali’s £17,000 blue Range Rover Sport car was taken by a thief who came to look at it after he advertised it for sale in Auto Trader in July last year.
Aberdeenshire; Cash machine stolen from a garage in Fraserburgh
An ATM cash machine was taken from Kessock garage on Maconochie Road in the north east of Fraserburgh. A police spokesman said a vehicle is likely to have been used to steal the machine. A force spokesman said. 'Police are keen to trace a dark coloured Land Rover Discovery and a dark coloured estate car which were seen near the garage at the time of the incident.'
At the moment it is unclear just how much money was within the cash machine however it is estimated that the damage caused will cost a low four figure sum to repair. The machine itself is valued at a low three-figure sum of money.
Mr Simpson, who owns Kessock service station refused to comment on the details of the incident. Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact Grampian Police on 0845 600 5 700 or the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.