11 cars targeted in New Year vehicle crime spree in Fenland

PUBLISHED: 09:26 07 January 2011 | UPDATED: 14:21 07 January 2011

12 cars were targeted by thieves in a New Year spree in March and Wimblington.

12 cars were targeted by thieves in a New Year spree in March and Wimblington.

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RESIDENTS in March are being urged to report suspicious activity after 11 vehicles were broken into during a seven-day period.

Seven cars were tampered with on New Year’s Eve. They included a Vauxhall Astra in Norwood Road, a Vauxhall Corsa in Russell Avenue, a Vauxhall Astra in Peas Hill Road, a Volvo 960 and a Jaguar XJ8 in Silver Street and a Citroen Saxo in Belmont Road.

Thieves also managed to start a Ford Escort in Regent Avenue, however it was recovered nearby the following day.

Police are linking the incidents with two other attempts to steal cars - a Ford Fiesta in Deerfield Road between December 29 and January 5, and a Vauxhall Astra in Pacific Close, between January 2 and 3.

Officers are also investigating two thefts from cars in Wimblington. A Mercedes SLK was broken into in March Road overnight between Sunday and Monday, while thieves stole tools from a Citroen Dispatch van between New Year’s Day and Tuesday.

Pc Phil Richardson said: “We are linking the attempted thefts of vehicles which may have all taken place on the same night.”

In an e-Cops message today Pc Richardson added: “With the incidents happening over a large area in such a short time residents must have seen a person or persons acting suspiciously, peering into cars, looking a little nervous as they see people, hiding faces from any passers-by.

“So think back, have you been out in the evening or even up early walking the dog... have you seen someone that just didn’t seem to fit in? Has a loved one or friend mentioned anything?

“Keep an eye out in your area – or when out for a constitutional, dog walk, jog or even a cycle ride.

“If you see anything out of place or you think that someone is looking suspicious give us a call. We will endeavour to get out to these calls, but where we are unable to we can arrange further patrols where resources allow.

“We prefer to attend any call that turns out to be nothing suspicious if it means that we have a better chance of getting possible offenders.”

CONTACT: Pc Richardson on 0345 456 4564 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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