Car owners warned after spate of thefts

Officers taking to the street to prevent thefts and (below) Sgt Peter Hannon.
Officers taking to the street to prevent thefts and (below) Sgt Peter Hannon.
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Police are urging St Annes residents to ensure their vehicles are locked following a spate of thefts in the area.

On the night of Thursday January 16, there were nine offences of stealing from motor vehicles reported to police in the St Annes area – with at least another six offences thought to have been unreported.

Sgt Peter Hannon

Sgt Peter Hannon

All the vehicles targeted were left unlocked by the owner and on each occasion the thief stole whatever was left on display or in the glove box, ranging from satellite navigation systems to clothing and small bags of loose change.

Overnight on January 15, someone has approached a blue Mercedes SLK convertible parked on The Boulevard and stolen a Sat Nav and a distinctive and valuable men’s Omega watch, police said.

Officers said it is possible the thief tried to sell this in the area and are appealing for anyone with information about the whereabouts of the watch to contact them .

Thefts have also taken place on Church Road, Orchard Road, Kilnhouse Lane, Mayfair Road and Windsor Road among others.

Police are urging members of the public to report any suspicious activity in the St Annes area on the nights in question.

Sgt Peter Hannon, of Fylde Police, said: “I would stress that all the cars targeted were left unlocked and I would urge people to take simple security measures and lock their vehicles.

“We regularly run Operation Angel at Fylde which tackles insecurities – namely home and car doors, and windows being left unlocked – which are causing residents to be targeted by criminals but it is important that owners help us and check their vehicles are locked and remove valuables from sight.

“Anyone with information about any of the thefts should contact Lancashire Police on 101.”

Officers will now be stepping up patrols in the area as part of Operation Angel.

The operation sees officers take to the streets carrying out random car door checks.

The owners of any vehicles found unsecured are then approached and told how easy it would have been for them to become a victim of crime.

If officers can not get hold of the owner they often leave a calling card in the form of an air-freshner with the message ‘lock it or lose it’.

Dylan Walmsley, 20, of Haig Road in Blackpool has been charged with three offences of theft from a motor vehicle.

Two of these offences are alleged to have taken place on Chatham Avenue and the third on Headroomgate Road.

He has been bailed to appear before Blackpool Magistrates on February 5.

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