Crime spree sparks police plea to double check cars are locked

PUBLISHED: 16:24 23 January 2019

Cars were targeted by thieves in Spinney Lane in Welwyn. 
Picture: Google Street View

Cars were targeted by thieves in Spinney Lane in Welwyn. Picture: Google Street View


Police are investigating after thieves targeted eight cars and a shed in three roads in the Welwyn and Oaklands area.

In Darby Drive, a black Audi A4 and black Mercedes C Class were targeted between 1.23am and 1.33am on Friday, January 18.

Cash was taken from both.

On Thursday, January 17, between 1.33am and 1.37am, thieves got into a grey Vauxhall Corsa, a white Citroen van and a black Range Rover Evoke Convertible, again in Darby Drive.

They made a mess inside the vehicles and stole a small amount of cash.

Between 7pm on Thursday, January 17, and 10.30am on Friday, January 18, they got into a blue Land Cruiser in nearby Normans Lane and made a mess.

Nothing was taken.

Overnight between the same dates, they also got into a blue Land Rover Discovery and a red Alfa Romeo in Spinney Lane.

A wallet was taken from the Alfa Romeo.

A shed break-in in Darby Drive between 1.33am and 1.37am on Friday is also being linked to the above incidents.

Sergeant Ian Smith, from the Welwyn Hatfield North Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “There have been a number of incidents recently whereby items have been stolen from parked vehicles in the Welwyn and Oaklands area.

“Work is ongoing to identify the offenders involved and we are carrying out extra patrols with both uniformed and plain clothes officers.

“I would urge any witnesses or anyone with information to get in touch on the non-emergency number 101.

“Please remember to lock your vehicles whenever you leave them parked.

“Then check them, and check again.

“These thieves are opportunist, and will try door handles.

“In the majority of cases where the vehicle is locked, they will move on and try another.

“Also, please do not leave anything on display in your vehicle - even an innocent bag which contains nothing of value will be of interest to a potential thief as they do not know what is inside.”

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