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Man arrested in connection with a number of thefts from vans across the Amber Valley area

Posted on 22nd November 2016
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Police have arrested a man from South Yorkshire in connection with stealing from six vans in the Amber Valley area.

The 26 year old, who is from Sheffield, was arrested by officers from the North Division Operational Support Team on Thursday, November 11. He is currently on bail pending further enquiries.

It is as officers investigate a number of thefts from vans across the area where tools have been stolen, with 25 reported to police in the Amber Valley in the past week.

Patrols have been put in place to target the incidents, and officers are urging van owners to step up security and remove tools and other valuables whenever possible.

Inspector Pat Howitt, who oversees policing in the Amber Valley, said: “Officers are carrying out patrols in areas where we have seen increased reports of vans being broken in to, not only to help prevent them, but also to look out for suspicious activity and catch those responsible.

“Enquiries and investigations are underway in connection with these incidents, but in the meantime I would urge tradespeople and van drivers, as I would other motorists, to be alert and to always make sure vehicles are locked and secure before leaving them.

“Whenever possible remove tools and other valuables, and to security mark them so that they are less attractive to thieves and could be identified to you if they are recovered.”

More information about vehicle security, download the leaflet on this page, or click here for more information on vehicle security.

Anyone with any information about the incidents should contact the police on 101, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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