Cars stolen while left to de-ice recovered

Two cars stolen have been recovered
Two cars stolen have been recovered

Two cars which were stolen while the owners left their cars to de-ice in Norton, near Malton, have been recovered.

One vehicle stolen yesterday morning (Monday February 15) was a silver, 2015 registered, Volvo V40 was stolen at around 6.55am from Leahurst Close while the owner left the vehicle with the engine running to de-frost the windscreen.

The Volvo was located in the County Durham area following a police pursuit yesterday afternoon.

A 20-year-old man from the Kirbymoorside area was arrested by Durham Constabulary in connection with the theft of the Volvo and on suspicion of motoring offences. He has been given police bail while enquiries continue.

The other was a white, 2010 registered, Kia Ceed was stolen from The Chase at around 8am after the owner left the engine running and went into the house to get some water.

The Kia was found abandoned in the Norton area later that day.

Police are urging motorists to be vigilant while de-icing their cars.

Sergeant Zak Ahmed of Malton police said: "It's vital that vehicles are defrosted properly and you have good, all-round visibility, however, vehicle owners should remain vigilant and either stay with their vehicle while defrosting it, or use a scraper and de-icer to de-frost their cars.

"Malton is a low crime area, and I can understand that people will have been off their guard in such a safe area, however, crime can and does happen in our town, so we ask that no-one, either in Malton or anywhere else, ever leaves their car unattended with the engine running."