CHEADLE Police have issued a warning to motorists and are appealing for information following a spate of vehicle crime.
A number of cars and vans have been broken into in the Blythe Bridge, Cheadle and Caverswall areas since June 14.
Offenders have approached locked and secure vehicles and have bypassed locks and security devices using an unknown implement allowing them entry in the majority of cases without causing damage to the targeted vehicle.
They have then stolen property from inside before making good their escape.
Between 8.30pm on June 14 and 5.30am on June 15 a Hyundai Santa Fe was entered on Ashbank Road, Werrington, and a Laptop and Ipod Nano was taken.
Between 10.30pm on June 15 and 6.30am on June 16 a white panel van was attacked on Ashbourne Road, Cheadle, and tools and drills stolen.
At 2.50am on 16th June people were disturbed on Elm Drive, Cheadle, having broken into a white Vauxhall Astra and stealing an IPod and Laptop
Between 10pm on 16th June and 7am on 17th June all on Uttoxeter Road, Blythe Bridge, a black Hyundai was attacked and a Sat Nav, CDs and IPod stolen; a white Peugeot van was entered and drills, tools and batteries stolen; and a black Ford Transit was broken into and tools stolen.
Also on the same night a blue Mercedes van was entered and tools stolen.
A blue Mini was also entered although nothing taken.
Also on 17th June a number of vehicles had also been entered on Caverswall Road, Blythe Bridge, including a Silver Land Rover Discovery but nothing stolen.
On 15th June a blue Vauxhall Astra was stolen from The Birches, Cheadle, this vehicle was later found crashed and unattended on Winterfield Lane, Hulme.
There have been two further reports of thefts from motor vehicles both from The Green and Caverswall a van was broken into and a child's Hello Kitty white and pink quad bike stolen from the rear as well as a red child's bike stolen from the garden.
Also broken into was a white Berlingo van.
Nothing was stolen from inside but this vehicle did have a window smashed.
At 2am on Saturday 14th June two males wearing hoodies were picked up on CCTV at an address in Uttoxeter Road, Draycott, stealing a catalytic converter from a Toyota Hilux.
A light coloured VW Caddy can also be seen but unfortunately the registration was not clear.
Usually vehicles that have sufficient ground clearance to enable the thief to work underneath the vehicle are prime targets.
Catalytic converters attract thieves because they are a profitable item when sold onto scrap dealers.
With this in mind please pass this message onto your neighbours. Any suspicious person or incident should be reported to the police immediately.
PC 5242 Dave Stubbs, neighbourhood officer for Cheadle and Blythe Bridge, is appealing for anyone who has any information to call Staffordshire Police on 101 and also to remind people not to leave valuables in your vehicles and particularly not on display.