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Car break-in series

Police are appealing for witnesses and warning drivers to take more care after six cars were broken into in one street in Witney overnight on Wednesday-Thursday (20th August - 21st August).

The vehicles targeted were all in Oxford Hill and they had their windows smashed and many had contents stolen from inside. The cars broken into and the property stolen are as follows:

• Peugeot 306; Sat Nav, sports bag and sports equipment, belt sander, child seat, man’s suit
• Renault Clio; Child seat
• Peugeot 306; Nothing taken
• Volkswagen Polo; Nothing taken
• Ford Mondeo; Child seat
• Toyota Saloon; Vacuum cleaner

PC Matt Gorman, West Oxfordshire auto-crime co-ordinator, said: “We are doing what we can to find those responsible: we have been forensically examining each of the cars for any evidence and will be viewing CCTV in the area.

“I would also like to appeal for anyone who saw something suspicious in the Oxford Hill area to come forward.

“However, drivers have to do more to stop themselves becoming victims of crime: it was disappointing to see how many items were left in these cars despite us constantly putting out the message not to leave valuables on display.

“Thieves who break into cars need little motivation: we believe that one of the cars targeted in Oxford Hill may have been because the driver had left the Sat Nav cradle inside, which would be enough reason for a thief to try their luck.”

Anyone with information should contact PC Gorman via the Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505.

If you don’t want to talk to police and don’t want to leave your name, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Posted : 22/08/2008 18:25:01

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