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Theft warning

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: January 08, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

The Stolen crane.

The Stolen crane.

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TWO attempted raids on village stores along with the theft of a £150,000 crane are among a spate of burglaries which have taken place across the Staffordshire Moorlands.

Now police have again urged businesses and home owners to make sure their properties are fully secure.

At 11.47pm last Friday an attempted break in took place at Ipstones village shop and post office where the side door was forced and a window broken.

The raiders were disturbed before gaining entry and drove off in a small dark car.

Less than an hour later another attempted break-in took place at Caverswall Post Office.

Again the door was forced leaving sledge hammer marks which shattered the glazing.

The raiders were again disturbed before gaining entry and drove off in a vehicle.

Officers are appealing for witnesses after a crane valued at more than £150,000 was stolen from Cheadle.

The incident happened between 12am to 12.30am on Monday January 6 when offenders forced entry to an industrial unit in Brookhouse Industrial Estate, in Brookhouse Way.

The crane, which was in the process of being painted, is a Mercedes Actos tractor unit with a 'pafinger' crane fitted to the rear. The crane cab is white with the back painted maroon. The 100 tonne crane itself is orange and has no mud guards or visor above the windscreen and part of the grill is missing.

Thieves also stole fuel from a cement mixer and forced entry to a neighbouring unit where they stole trade registration plates and caused damage to an HGV.

On Monday, December 30, between 7.45am and 5.30pm a burglary took place at a property in Cheadle Road, Cheddleton.

Thieves gain entry by forcing a wooden rear door panel. A Panasonic Smart TV was taken in the raid.

On New Year's Day between 5am and 6.17am a house was raided in Buxton Road, Leek.

Thieves gained entry through the front room. A Toshiba laptop and a hand bag containing cash and bank cards were stolen.

Between January 2 and January 5 thieves forced the locks off the door at Wheel Farm in Alton. Thieves stole old china and pottery from a cabinet which included a black Wedgwood coloured vase and a green floral tea urn.

Police also received reports on New Year's Day of a burglary at Meadow View, Alton.

A police spokesman said a wooden shed had been broken into within the last two or three weeks and that a chain saw and bush cutter were stolen.

On Thursday, January 2, police received reports of an attempted break in at stables situated at Mount Road in Leek where padlocks were damaged.

Overnight on Friday January 3 and Saturday, January 4, an outbuilding in the village of Sheen was raided.

Thieves stole a sit-on lawn mower valued at £2,500.

A police spokesman said: "We urge all businesses and home owners to make sure that all their property is made secure and if possible marked.

"We would also like residents to call us straight away if they see any suspicious activities in their neighbourhoods.

"We would rather check it out and make sure that everything is in order rather than miss something."

Anyone with information on any of the incidents is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on their 101 number.

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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