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Copthorne van break-in amidst spate of nine tool theft incidents
2:11pm Monday 4th November 2013 in Local News
Police are warning van owners to be on their guard after a string of break-ins to vehicles – all with tools stolen – including in Copthorne.
Thieves struck in Copthorne Common, Copthorne, breaking into a van parked there and stealing power tools.
The break-in at around 11.45am on Wednesday, October 23, was one of a spate of nine incidents which stretched across Mid Sussex from Friday, October 18.
Between 5pm on October 18 and 1pm on October 20, a Transit van parked in Hollands Way, East Grinstead, had its window forced and a sat nav, camera and drill were stolen.
A Fiat Ducato parked in Sussex Way, Burgess Hill was broken into between 10am and 11am on October 22, with two leaf-blowers, a hedge cutter and a strimmer, as well as a bag taken.
A van parked at the Hickstead Travelodge had its window smashed and £5,000 worth of tools stolen between 10pm on October 22 and 7am the next day.
And between 10.35am and 11.20am on October 23, a car was broken into while parked in the overflow car park at The Haven Centre in Crawley Down. The window was smashed and a mobile phone and loose change was taken.
Thieves broke into a van in a 15-minute interval on October 23, while it was parked at BE Aerospace in Charles Avenue, Burgess Hill, with the culprits getting in by the back and side doors, and stealing tools.
And at around 11.35am on October 23, two vans were broken into while parked at All Saints Church in Lindfield High Street, with doors forced and tools taken.
PCSO Anika Clough warned van owners: "Please do not leave anything of value in your vehicle and ensure it is locked.”
She said: “Try and park in a well-lit, open location and always use any fitted security features, such as an alarm or immobiliser. “Be vigilant when parking vans which obviously are used to carry tools.”
She added: "If you have any information or saw anything suspicious, please contact Sussex Police on 101."