STAFFORDSHIRE Police are urging residents to be vigilant after a big quantity of credit cards and pin numbers have been found in rural postboxes. The force said that individuals in rural locations have discovered “large numbers” of such cards that they have not been applied for in external mail boxes. Police said they believe that fraudsters are intending to return to these later on to remove them before occupants have any knowledge.
A spokesperson for Staffordshire Police said: “Police have received reports that individuals have been receiving large numbers of credit cards, store cards and pin numbers in external mail boxes in rural locations that they have not applied for.
“It is believed that fraudsters are intending to return to the isolated locations and remove the items before the occupants have any knowledge.
“Please be vigilant if you have external postboxes and report any suspicious behaviour.
“Report any incidents via telephone 101 or online.”
In other crime news, Staffordshire Police said that at around midday on Friday, November 1 unknown offenders gained access to a property on Haste Hill Avenue in Kingsley before stealing a wallet.
Police are reminding residents to ensure properties are secured properly and to report any suspicious activity.
If anyone has information about this particular incident, they can contact the police quoting incident 696 of November 1.
Some time between Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3 unknown offenders approached a property on Stubby Lane in Draycott-in-the-Clay, Police said.
The force is appealing to anyone who may have heard or witnessed anything during this period to contact them using reference code SP-20191104-0161.
Unknown offenders also entered a garden on Heath Avenue in Werrington, stealing a concrete statue some time between 10.20pm on Monday, November 4 and 10.30am on Tuesday, November 5.
Police said no descriptions have been given but if any residents saw anything suspicious then they should contact them quoting incident 149 of November 7.
There has also been a series of thefts involving motor vehicles.
On Tuesday, November 5, an “unknown person” removed an electric push bike from an address in Caverswall.
The bicycle is described as a grey gents bike with a “Spartic front wheel conversion and large panier’s on the back.”
If residents have seen anything, they are urged to contact the Police using serial code 86 of November 5.
On High Street in Marchington, overnight between 9pm on Thursday, November 7 and 7.20am on Friday, November 8, unknown offenders took power tools from a van.
Staffordshire Police appeal to anyone who may have information about this crime to contact them using code SP-20191108-0341 or phone Crime Stopper anonymously on 08005 55111.
Another van, a Vauxhall Vivaro model, also had power tools stolen from it on Cotton Lane in Cotton between 7.30pm on Thursday, November 7 and Friday, November 8.
Police are asking anyone who believes they may have information on this to contact them using reference code 342 of November 8.
Finally, the force has received reports of a group of youths causing disturbance in the Werrington area at the weekend.
The spokesperson for Staffordshire Police said: “We have had reports that there was a group of three youths causing issues in the Werrington area last night.
“They were knocking on doors and asking for persons who didn’t live there.
“One person who lives at the location is under palliative care and this caused them to be really upset.
“The youths are described as all white males approx 15-16 yrs old.
“One with Blonde hair wearing a white coat, second dressed in all black, second male black hoody with lightening stripes down the side, third quite tall black hoody with some white emblem on it.
“If you know these males or saw anything please call Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident 708 of November 8.”
For all of these incidents, call 101 and use the respective serial code to let Police know of any information you may have.
Alternatively, they can anonymously call Crime Stoppers on 08005 55111.
In an emergency call 999.
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