Photos: Police warning after thefts from vehicles in rural areas

One Gazette reader sent these photos in of the damage. One Gazette reader sent these photos in of the damage.

Monday, March 31, 2014
8:54 AM

Vehicle owner believes offender threw a large stone through his car window before taking his girlfriend’s handbag.

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One Gazette reader sent these photos in of the damage.One Gazette reader sent these photos in of the damage.

BIDEFORD police are warning people to keep their valuables out of sight after a number of thefts took place from vehicles on Saturday in rural areas.

The first incident occurred between 1pm and 3.35pm when a handbag was taken from a vehicle parked in the Elmscott area of Hartland (crime ref: CD/14/639).

The owner of the vehicle contacted the Gazette and said he believed whoever broke into his car threw a large stone through the window.

“The force of it knocked out the glass on the other window. You can tell this as the piece that holds the two bits in is bent,” he said.

“They stole my girlfriend’s bag with her possessions in it including bank cards, house keys and her iPod.

“I am normally very careful about putting valuables in the boot but we were lapse on this occasion and you just don’t think it would happen in this location. “

In the Bucks Mills area between 2.15pm and 3.40pm, the window of a car was broken and someone attempted to remove audio equipment from the vehicle (crime ref: CD/14/640).

And between 2.45pm and 4.25pm, the window of a car parked in Bucks Mills car park was broken and entry was gained to the vehicle (crime ref: CD/14/641).

Earlier this month the Gazette reported a number of thefts from cars at local beauty spots where items from handbags and iPhones to sat-navs and an angle grinder were taken.

Officers are appealing for anyone with information to contact the Bideford Neighbourhood Beat team by calling non-emergency number 101 and quoting any of the above crime reference numbers.

PCSO John McGovern warned vehicle owners to not leave valuables in vehicles and to ensure nothing of value is kept on display.

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