MOTORISTS in Scarborough have been warned to be vigilant after a spate of auto crime in the town.
Criminals have attempted to steal expensive cars and have successfully stolen tools and other items from vehicles in recent weeks, particularly in the north side of the town.
Scarborough’s senior police officer, Inspector Tony Quinn, has advised motorists to take measures to protect their vehicles and property.
“We have seen a spate of auto crime recently,” Insp Quinn said.
“Vehicles have been entered and property, particularly tools, has been stolen.
“There has also been a number of attempted thefts of vehicles.
“I would ask members of the public to remove all items of value from their cars or vans and to report anything suspicious.
“If anyone has any information I would urge them to contact us or Crimestoppers.”
On August 24 at 2am, at Ling Hill, Newby, criminals attempted to steal a Triumph TR7 convertible.
A man described as 6ft tall, with a proportionate build, short cropped dark hair, wearing a grey hoodie under a dark jacket, was seen trying to hotwire the vehicle.
He was disturbed and ran away.
On the same night, between 5:45pm on August 23 and 7:45am on August 24th, in Lady Edith’s Park, an attempt was made to start a black Land Rover Defender. Then, between last Saturday and Sunday, thieves stole Ping and Galloway golf clubs from a beige Citroen Xsara in Northstead Manor Drive.
On the same night, criminals broke into a Peugeot 206 at Scardale Crescent after piercing its door and a Renault Laguna in Woodall Avenue.
Items stolen included Remington hair tongs, a cream purse, personal documentation, an HSBC cheque book and a Garmin sat-nav.
At Thompson Close, late on August 23 or early on August 24, a black Stanley tool box, a Makita drill, a jigsaw, a pink-handled hammer, a claw hammer and a AEG battery drill was stolen from a Fiat Doblo van.
A large amount of tools were also stolen that night from a blue Citroen Xsara in Centurion Way.
Anyone was has any information on any of the thefts, or has seen or been offered any goods matching the description of the stolen items for sale, can contact the police on 0845 6060247.
Independent charity Crimestoppers can also be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111.