A SPATE of post box thefts in East Staffordshire is part of a wider problem, police have discovered.
Staffordshire Police re-issued an appeal for information on Monday after discovering similar incidents had been reported to forces in West Mercia, West Midlands and Warwickshire. Post boxes in Abbots Bromley, Yoxall and Rugeley have been stolen in recent weeks.
Officers are appealing for people to report any suspicious activity around post boxes and property signs. Earlier this month, three post boxes and a property sign in Yoxall, Woodmill and Rugeley were stolen, with further thefts reported in Yoxall, Rugeley and Abbots Bromley.
The first of the latest known thefts occurred when a post box was taken on Newlands Lane, Stockwell Heath, Rugeley, between 10.50am on November 9 and 11am on November 10. There was another property sign taken at around 10.20pm on November 10 on Morrey Lane, Hadley End, Yoxall.
Another theft was of 2.5m of metal chain taken from Blithfield Reservoir, Port Lane, Abbots Bromley, between 4pm on November 10 and 7am on November 11. Police believe a dark coloured pickup truck-type vehicle may be involved after it was reported as being seen in the area.
The first three thefts reported were on Dunstall Lane, Hadley End, Yoxall; Woodmill, Woodlane, Yoxall; and Bancroft Lane, Nethertown, Rugeley. A property sign was also taken from a property called The Oaks, Upper Hoar Cross Road, Hadley End.
PC Richard Lymer, of the East Staffordshire Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “The sheer weight of the boxes alone can be over 1.5 tonnes, so they would need a fairly substantial piece of lifting equipment and also a vehicle to steal them. If anyone saw anything like this in the areas please get in touch.
“Through our investigations, we have also become aware of further incidences involving a neighbouring force. We will continue to pool our resources and information in order to catch those responsible.”
Anyone with any information should message Staffordshire Police on Facebook or Twitter quoting incident number 213 and 721 of November 12 and 106 of November 13 or telephone officers on 101. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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