£7,000 theft of van parts

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THOUSANDS of pounds worth of parts were stolen from three works vans in St Helens in the space of less than 24 hours.

Thieves pinched catalytic converters and other motor parts from three vans between last Monday afternoon and the early hours of the following morning.

The first incident happened in the Chain Lane area as early as 4pm.

Another two carbon-copy thefts were then also reported - one overnight in Bellerophon Way, Haydock, and another at about 10.45pm last Monday at a business premises in Millfield Lane, Haydock.

All of the thefts were of high value catalytic converters and filters from works vans. The combined value of the parts is estimated to be around £7,000.

As part of an ongoing police investigation, officers have conducted extensive inquiries and sought CCTV footage,

Crime scene investigators have also examined each of the scenes.

Given that the thefts occured in a short space of time and were of similar items, detectives are both appealing for information and also warning members of the public to be aware of the type of crime.

DC Roy Waller, of St Helens CID, said: “These thefts are very much targeted on particular vehicles, namely Mercedes Sprinter vans and Vauxhall Movano vans.

“If you own one of these vehicles I urge you to report any suspicious behaviour to us as this information will help both our investigation and help safeguard your vehicle.

“Likewise if you were in the areas of Millfield Lane or Bellerophon Way in Haydock or Chain Lane in St Helens at the time of the incidents and saw anything suspicious or have information related to the thefts please contact us.”

Anyone with information about the thefts can contact police on 0151 777 6038 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.