Multiple thefts from motors in Cranbrook prompts police warning to lock up

Police are warning residents in Cranbrook and the surrounding villages to lock their vehicles after a spate of thefts.

Ottery St Mary Police said unlocked and insecure vehicles in Broadclyst, Rockbeare and Cranbrook have been targeted.

Officers are warning motorists against leaving valuables in vehicles and are urging witnesses to dial 999 if they see someone acting suspiciously around parked cars and vans.

Inspector Antonia Weeks said cash, phones and other devices were stolen.

She said: “Please take every step to protect yourself from being a victim of this type of crime.

“Lock cars and vans even if they are parked on your driveway or outside your house.
“Don’t leave any cash or valuables in vehicles even if they are not visible.

“Remember to set your alarm or other anti-theft device if you have one.
“If you see anyone suspicious in your area, looking into cars or vans then call police on 999 so we can respond immediately.”

An Ottery St Mary police spokesperson said: “Over the last few weeks there have been multiple thefts from motor vehicles in Cranbrook, Rockbeare and Broadclyst.

“All of these thefts have happened due to people leaving their vehicles insecure or unlocked.

“We ask you to not leave any valuables in your vehicles and to make sure they are left locked.”

  • Devon and Cornwall Police said an 18-year-old male from East Devon has been arrested on suspicion of thefts from motor vehicles and has currently been released under investigation.

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