A series of outbuildings and vehicles have been broken into – all of which were in the vicinity of the same Moorlands village.
Staffordshire Police received a report about a suspicious incident in Holly Avenue, Cheddleton, where someone attempted to break into a shed. This happened between 9.30pm on May 16 and 5.45am on May 17; while the force received another report about offender(s) attempting to break in to a different shed in the Cheddleton area – again overnight of May 16 and early hours of May 17.
Meanwhile, two vehicles parked in the Cheddleton area were also broken into during the same night.
A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: “We had reports of a vehicle being broken into on Hillside Road.
“Unknown offenders have taken two drills – one a Draper expert concrete breaker and the other a Bosch SDS Drill.
“This incident happened between 10pm on May 16 and 7am on May 17.”
The spokesman also confirmed that the force had received a separate report that a different vehicle, which had been parked in Oak Avenue in Cheddleton, was also broken into between the times of 10.30pm on May 16 and 7am on May 17.
The spokesman said: “Unknown offenders approached the secure vehicle and took a Festool Sander RTS400 and a Festool extractor midi.”
Staffordshire Police have also reported that further break-ins took place in the Cheddleton and Wetley Rocks area over the weekend of May 18 and 19.
The spokesman said: “On May 19 at 6pm, a resident from the Cheadle Road area in Cheddleton has reported a shed break in where a chainsaw was stolen.
“It is described as a Huskanvana Rancher in bright orange.”
“Over the weekend of May 18 and 19, unknown offenders have gained access to a building yard on Mill Lane in Wetley Rocks.
“They have gained access to a number of shipping containers and a quantity of tools were stolen.”
A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: “Officers investigating a number of incidents in Cheddleton on Friday, May 17 are awaiting the results of forensic tests to establish whether they are linked.
“The incidents included attempted break ins of sheds at properties on Holly Avenue and Moorland Road, the theft of two power drills from a van outside a house on Hillside Road and the theft of power tools from a vehicle on Oak Road.”
Police are now urging residents in the area to be extra vigilant. The spokesman added: “Local people are being advised to make sure sheds and outbuildings are secure and that tools and other items have security markings so that they can be identified if they are taken.
“Tradespeople are also being urged not to leave tools in vans overnight, if possible.”
For further crime prevention advice go online to www.staffordshire.police.uk/crimeprevention.
If you notice anyone acting suspiciously, or have any information about any of the above incidents, contact Staffordshire Police on 101 or call 999 in an emergency.