Mystery van thefts baffle police and owners

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Thieves with the ability to unlocks works vans without forcing entry have left police baffled after striking three times overnight in Leslie.

The central locking systems of three vehicles, all thought to be Ford Transit models, were targeted with several thousand pounds worth of power tools and other electrical equipment stolen.

Officers are still trying to confirm the actual method used to gain entry, but it’s understood the incidents are similar to a number of thefts in Dunfermline and Dalgety Bay in which each of the vehicle owners states that they locked their vehicle, only to return to it and discover the vehicle to be open and their property stolen.

Glenrothes Community Sergeant Kenny Greig said: “Various tools have been stolen such as saws and drills made by various manufacturers.

“Unusually it appears that the vehicles were secure at the time of the offences and I would urge owners to remove valuable items even when locking the vehicles and when parking up overnight.

“I am urging members of the public to call police should they witness people acting suspiciously around vehicles or have any information in relation to these crimes.”

Police are now warning owners to remove equipment and tools from their vehicle overnight, park in a garage, on a driveway or in a well lit area at night and not to leave items on display.

Anybody with information regarding these or any similar incidents are urged to contact Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.