Another car stolen as police warn motorists to make their vehicles secure

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INFORMATION is being sought after a £50,000 Land Rover from Wythall was stolen.

It was taken from the Station Road/Norton Lane area of Wythall between 8.15pm on Wednesday, March 12, and 8am on Thursday, March 13.

Offenders are believed to have got into the house through a rear door which was unlocked, and taken the keys from off a worktop. They drove off in the black vehicle, registration number BF 62 XFY.

Another vehicle belonging to the owner, a silver Audi estate, was searched but not stolen.

Detectives are looking into whether the incident is linked to several thefts from vehicles in Wythall overnight between Wednesday and Thursday.

There were two incidents at different addresses in Selsdon Close in which a Citroen Picasso was broken into and items stolen and CDs worth £30 and a bag worth £10 were taken from an insecure Ford Ka.

There was also a theft in Innistree Close which was discovered on Thursday but could have happened any time since March 3 in which a Fiat was broken into and an iPhone worth £60 stolen along with £20 cash.

Police believe the owner of the stolen Land Rover may have been followed home earlier in the evening.

Detective Constable Cheryl Jones of West Mercia Police said: “Car key burglars often work to order and will target specific vehicles, based on demand and value.

“They often follow victims home or drive around residential areas looking for opportunities. Anyone who thinks they are being followed or see any suspicious vehicles, should note the registration number and report it to the police.”

Vehicle owners are being advised to park overnight in a secure garage if possible.

Witnesses or anyone with information, including anyone who has seen the stolen vehicle or knows where it is now, are asked to call 101 quoting incident 80-S-130414 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted via crimestoppers-uk.org.

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