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Businesses on alert as police hunt catalytic converter thieves in Preston

Posted on - 11th December, 2011 - 2:01pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, News
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CCTV images from the Roman Way thefts: 1: The gang approach their target 2: One of the vehicles targeted 3: The vehicle police believe the gang are using 4: One of the gang forces entry

A spate of catalytic converter thefts in the north of Preston has triggered a police appeal.

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CCTV images show a gang targeting Mercedes Sprinter Vans on industrial premises around Longridge Road and Caxton Road.

Four incidents have been reported since Saturday 3rd December.

Police are warning businesses to be on their guard and ensure their vehicles are secured.

DS Paul Whitehead from Preston Target Team said: “These premises have been specifically targeted and it is clear that the offenders are skilled and know exactly what they are doing.

“I would urge similar local business premises to be vigilant but reassure them that patrols have been increased in the area.”

The gang first struck on Roman Way, off Longridge Road, at Ramsey Healthcare. Two catalytic converters were stolen on Saturday 3rd December between 4.25pm and 4.45pm.

Oncore Food on Millennium Road, off Longridge Road, was targeted on Monday 5th December at 10pm and thieves made off with a catalytic converter and a satellite navigation systems.

Police also believe the thieves struck again between Monday night and Tuesday 6th December at Geopost UK Litd and stole six catalytic converters.

The last known theft took place at Home Insultation Services on Caxton Road opposite Asda in Fulwood. Two catalytic converters were stolen between 5pm on Wednesday 7th December and 7am on Thursday 8th December.

Detectives believe the men are using a black Vauxhall Meriva, Zafira or Ford Fusion type vehicle.

The first man is described as white with brown hair shorter at the sides. He was wearing a grey jacket with a black collar, light grey bottoms with a white stripe down the side.

The second man was dressed in black with white trainers. A third man was wearing a light grey hoody with grey bottoms with a light stripe.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Lancashire Police on 08451 25 35 45 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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