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Man arrested and suspected stolen tools recovered after suspicious vehicle stopped

A number of tools have been recovered from this Citroen Picasso which was stopped by officers on Coldharbour Lane in Stoke Gifford
A number of tools have been recovered from this Citroen Picasso which was stopped by officers on Coldharbour Lane in Stoke Gifford

This morning, officers patrolling the Stoke Gifford area of South Gloucestershire spotted a blue Citroen Picasso suspected of being involved in a number of recent incidents in which items have been stolen from vehicles.

When they attempted to stop the car on Coldharbour Lane, the occupants, got out and ran away on foot.

One man, aged in his 30s, has since been arrested while a search for the others involved is ongoing.

Inside the Picasso, which had false registration plates, were a number of power tools which are believed to have been stolen.

One of the power tools recovered from the car
One of the power tools recovered from the car

The vehicle will now be examined for evidence.

PC Ross Calderwood said: “We fully appreciate the detrimental impact this type of crime has on hardworking tradespeople.

“When vehicles are broken into they often need to be taken off the road for repair and tools need to be replaced resulting in periods in which people can’t work.

“Thanks to the keen eye of the officers out patrolling today, we’ve managed to arrest at least one man suspected of being involved in this type of crime and are now in the process of trying to reunite some of the recovered tools with their rightful owners.”

If you have recently had tools stolen from your vehicle please phone 101 and provide the call handler with the reference 5219085288.

Officers found multiple power tools inside the car
Officers found multiple power tools inside the car

There are ways to make life harder for criminals – below are some crime prevention tips:

• emptying their vehicles overnight, if possible, and if not, making sure tools are kept in a secure box or cage anchored inside the vehicle

• making tools and equipment identifiable. If the items are permanently marked with your business name or postcode it deters thieves because it means the real ownership can be proved

• recording the serial numbers or registering them at www.immobilise.com which also helps police prove the theft if property is recovered

• always locking up and setting the alarm of vehicles, every time they are left unattended.

• parking with the rear access doors against a wall or another vehicle

• installing motion-sensing security lighting and CCTV

• not creating a market for stolen goods by buying suspiciously cheap second-hand tools

• residents who hear a vehicle alarm sounding should look outside and call 999 straight away if they see someone tampering with a vehicle