Warning to van owners after thefts

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VAN owners on the Fylde coastare being warned to be vigilant after a spate of high-value power tool thefts.

Offenders have targeted Citroen vans in St Annes and Kirkham in the last week, stealing hundreds of pounds of equipment.

Police believe the three offences are linked, and patrols have been increased in a bid to deter the offenders.

Sgt Peter Hannon, Fylde co-ordinator, said: “Patrols have been stepped up in the area but I’d also urge people not to store tools in their vehicles overnight.

“Residents should keep an eye out for anything suspicious and if they have any concerns contact the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Police believe the thieves are using a vehicle to move around the area.

The first theft happened on Smith Street, Kirkham, between 5pm on Thursday, February 7 and 9am on Friday, when a sat nav was taken from a van, before between 2pm on Saturday and 6pm on Sunday almost £500 of tools was stolen from a van on Barnfield in the town.

On Monday a drill was taken from a van on Lindsay Avenue, St Annes.

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