Thefts from vehicles – Suspicious van

The police are aware of a Silver coloured Transit size van that is going round and the occupants are stealing number plates from vehicles, fitting these to the van and then breaking into other vehicles, so that even when a witness does get the number it just comes back as stolen.

There was a short pursuit in Birstall around 3.00am on Tuesday 17th January, when the van was seen making off from a recent theft, but unfortunately due to the manner of driving it had to be aborted and they got away.  The same van is believed to have been responsible for several other thefts in Hinckley, Barwell & Glenfield overnight and enquiries are ongoing to try to identify the occupants.

If you see such a vehicle in suspicious circumstances, please report it immediately to the police.

(Information from  local beat officer)

Recent Car Break-ins – Arrests

Over last weekend, several males were charged with numerous thefts from vehicles.  They have been charged with a number of crimes from across the county, including six incidents which occurred in Birstall last month.

They have already appeared in court and have been bailed to appear at a later date with various conditions, including a night-time curfew.

More information will be given when available.

(Information from local beat officer)

Shop Break-ins

Overnight on Sunday 4th / Monday 5th December a total of eight shops on Sibson Road were broken into.  It is believed that this occurred around 3am – 4am with some being broken via the back and some round the front.

The police have carried out extensive enquiries in the area and are checking local CCTV etc.  Scenes of Crime Officers have recovered some evidence.

Were you in this area around this time, did you see or hear anything suspicious ?  Please report any information by dialling 101 the police non-emergency number.

(Information from local beat officer.)

Vehicle Break-ins

Overnight on Sunday/Monday 13th/14th November, a total of 20 vehicles were broken into in Birstall:-

Curzon Avenue (4), Cedar Avenue (3), Wanlip Lane (3), Fielding Road (2), Lodgewood Avenue (1), Oakfield Avenue (1), Loughborough Road (1), Laxton Close (1), Lambourne Road (1), Cliffwood Avenue (1), Blenhiem Road (1) and Orchard Road (1).

In the majority of cases it appears that the vehicles were possibly left unlocked as CCTV footage taken from two of them shows the suspects walking down the street and trying car door handles until they find one which is insecure.  Unfortunately the footage is not good enough for facial images etc, however some follow up enquiries are being made with regards to some stolen property that was taken from one of the cars.  Additional police patrols are being carried out in the village and work is being done to see if there is any link between the lights being switched off and the rise in thefts from vehicles, so that an argument can be put forward to getting them switched on again.

If anyone saw anything suspicious, or has any further CCTV images of these incidents, please report it by dialling 101 the police non-emergency number.

(Information from local beat officer)

General advice.

Leave it on show expect it to go !  Always remove valuables from your vehicle.

Remove sat nav’s including support cradle and cables.

Don’t leave tools in vans overnight.

Make sure that doors are locked, windows are closed and keys are removed when you leave your vehicle, even if it’s for only a moment.

On icy morning, never leave your vehicle unattended with the engine running.

Park your vehicle in a well-lit spot that is visible to others, or covered by CCTV.

If you have a garage, use it.  Always lock your vehicle and garage.

Burglary – Stonehill Avenue

On the evening of Saturday 5th November at approximately 10.40pm a house on Stonehill Avenue (close to Birch Tree Avenue) was broken into.  Entry was gained by forcing the front door but the suspects were seen by a neighbour and left fairly quickly.  A red Audi estate car was used by the suspects (the registration was taken but appears to have had false plates as there is no record of the vehicle).  It is believed that the same vehicle has been involved in other burglaries in the Leicestershire area and enquiries are on-going.

Were you in this area around this time, did you see or hear anything suspicious ?  Please report any information by dialling 101 the police non-emergency number.

(Information from local beat officer)

Recent Burglaries

1)  St James Court.  On Tuesday 25th October at about 5.45pm a male was knocking at doors asking for a ‘Dave Andrews’.  At least one property was entered and a handbag was stolen.  The male is described as Eastern European, about 40 years old with dark hair and ‘not very tall’.  Further enquiries are being carried out.

2)  Johnson Road (close to Loughborough Road).  On Tuesday 25th October between 7.00pm and 9.15pm a house was burgled.  Entry was by smashing a rear patio door and then an untidy search was made.  It is not known at present exactly what was taken.

3)  Cliffwood Avenue.  Between 9.00pm on Tuesday and 6.55am on Wednesday 26th October a house was burgled.  Means of entry not known, but house and car keys were stolen from a table by the door and a BMW, reg:- ML11UEB was taken.

4)  Orchard Road (close to Wanlip Lane).  On Wednesday 26th October between 5.15pm and 8.00pm a house was burgled.  Entry was by smashing a rear patio door and a games console was taken.

Were you in any of these areas around these times, did you see or hear anything suspicious ?  Please report any information by dialling 101 the police non emergency number.

(Information from local beat officer).

Recent Burglaries

1)  On Friday 14th October at around 7.00pm a house  on Harrowgate Drive (close to Queensgate Drive) was broken into.  Access was by smashing a rear patio door but the property was empty and nothing was stolen.  Two youths in tracksuits were seen making off from the scene.

2)  Also on Harrowgate Drive (close to Moorgate Avenue) and on the same date, Friday 14th October, between 4.30pm and 10.45pm a house was broken into.  Once again a rear patio door was smashed and then a key left in the door was used to open it.  Cash and jewellery was stolen.

Were you in these areas around these times, did you see or hear anything suspicious ?  Please report any information by dialling 101 the police non-emergency number.

(Information from local beat officer)