Witness appeal following van break-in

Alert message sent 31/10/2018 15:07:00

Information sent on behalf of Wiltshire Police

We've released CCTV images following the theft of tools from a van in Swindon. 

Overnight - between 1am and 3.30am on Saturday 27 October - unknown offenders broke into the vehicle parked in Flora Close.  

Power tools worth up to £5,000 were stolen. 

Images of a Ford Transit van with the index number MC03 BXL and a man we would like to speak to in relation to this incident are in this link. 

PC Chris Hemns said:  "I'm appealing for anyone who may have heard or seen something suspicious in this area between these times to come forward. 
"This is a residential part of town close to the busy road of Ermin Street so someone must have noticed something suspicious.  
"If you were driving in that area that evening and perhaps have dash cam footage or you recognise the man in the image please call me. 
“Incidents of this nature can be really upsetting for the victim and also very inconvenient – victims could be prevented from working due to the loss of tools.
“I’d like to encourage all van owners to ensure all expensive tools are removed from vehicles overnight where possible. Park vehicles on driveways or well-lit areas, fit van alarms, and mark tools with your postcode using distinctive paint. Please also record serial numbers of tools and keep the list away from your van to help reduce your risk of falling victim to this type of crime.”

Anyone with information in relation to this incident should call PC Chris Hemns on 101 quoting crime reference number 54180101880 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Mark Jones (Police, Media Officer, Wiltshire)

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