Detectives investigating a number of burglaries, in which high value cars were stolen, are appealing to drivers to make sure they store their car keys securely.
Four cars were taken from three addresses in Staffordshire between about 10pm Thursday 13 June and 6 am Friday 14 June. A VW Passat was stolen from a drive in Wombourne, a Range Rover was taken from Shareshill and two cars were stolen, a Mini and an Audi A4, from a house in Stone. In each case the keys to the vehicles were used to drive them away.
Power and garden tools being stored in a shed were also taken during the break in at the house in Shareshill.
DCI Rob Taylor from Staffordshire Police’s CID said: ” As car manufacturers have improved car security, thieves have had to adapt their methods. The easiest way of making off with a car is to drive it away, which is why offenders now break in to properties to steal the keys.
“In each of these cases, the keys were used to drive away the vehicles. That’s why we’re reminding owners not to leave their keys in obvious places. They should be kept out of sight and away from doorways and windows.”