Police Investigate Caravan Thefts In South Worcestershire
Police are investigating a series of thefts of and from caravans in south Worcestershire and warning owners to use extra security measures while caravans are stored over the winter months.
Two caravans were stolen from Great Comberton Golf Club, Pershore Road, Great Comberton, while another was damaged and thieves tried to steal a fourth one.
The club provides caravan storage and sometime between Sunday 5 January and just before midnight on Wednesday 8 January, thieves stole a Bailey Olympus 4-berth caravan valued at £15,000.
Also at the golf club, between 5pm on Wednesday 8 January and 8am on Thursday 9 January, someone broke into the yard and removed the wheel lock on a white Cristal Moorea 530 caravan, valued at £9,000, and towed it away.
It was also discovered thieves attempted to steal another caravan at the golf club sometime from the early hours of Monday 6 January and 8am on Thursday 9 January. They caused £100 of damage to the lock but nothing was taken.
While sometime between 8am Sunday 1 September 2013 and 10am Tuesday 7 January 2014, someone broke a plastic storage panel on a caravan at the club. Nothing was taken but £400 of damage was caused.
Between 8am and 4pm on Wednesday 15 January someone broke into a Swift Challenger 530SE caravan parked at a property in Manor Road, Eckington, near Pershore and stole the fridge valued at £200.
Thieves also targeted the Riverside Caravan Park, Little Clevelode, Malvern, taking two caravans sometime between 5pm on Wednesday 15 January and 4pm on Thursday 16 January. They got into the storage compound facility and stole an Elddis Advante 624 (2010 model) caravan with spare wheel, hitch lock and battery. They also took cooking and cleaning items worth £500, an awning and caravan cover valued at £482, Calor gas cylinders worth £85, kitchen and dining equipment and bedding valued at £227.
They also stole a 21ft white Sprite Esprite caravan valued at £9,825. An Hitachi TV valued at £150, cooking and dining equipment worth £100 were also stolen and there was £60 of damage to the hitch lock and wheel lock.
Between 9.30pm on Wednesday 5 February and 5.45am on Thursday 6 February offenders broke into a caravan storage facility in Eckington, Pershore, and forced the locking devices on the wheels and towbars of two caravans before hitching them up and towing them away. The two caravans were a Swift Challenger 580SE (2003 model) valued at £4,000 and a white Bailey Ranger valued at £8,000.
While at 8.20pm on Tuesday 4 February, a Hobby Prestige 650kfu touring caravan, valued at £17,000, was stolen from the front driveway of a house on Alcester Road, Inkberrow. The caravan was found on a travellers’ site off junction 10 of the M5 and recovered by Gloucestershire Police. Investigations into the theft are ongoing.
Inspector Janet Heritage from police in South Worcestershire said: “We are appealing to anyone with information about any of the thefts, attempted theft or damage to any of these caravans to contact us.
“We also urge owners do everything they can to keep their property secure. We recommend they fit wheel locks, hitch locks, tracking devises and any other available security equipment to their caravans to deter thieves and help us track them down.
“One of the stolen caravans was successfully traced because it was fitted with a tracking device.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police in South Worcestershire by calling the non emergency number 101.
Alternatively information can be passed on anonymously by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or completing its online form by logging on to www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
Issued: Monday 17 February 2014