Public Asked To Keep An Eye Out For Rooftop Thieves – Kidderminster
Police in Kidderminster are asking people to be on the look out for rooftop thieves following the theft of air conditioning units from WHSmiths in the town.
Thieves caused £25,000 of damage when they removed the units from the roof of the shop on High Street between 5.30pm on Tuesday, 17 July and 9am on Wednesday, 18 July.
The incident was reported to police a few days later and officers are keen to make the public aware of the theft in a bid to catch the metal thieves.
PC Marc Ginder from Kidderminster police station said: "The units were undoubtedly stolen for their scrap value, which is probably only around £100, but tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage was caused in order to take them.
"Because of this, I would ask that people are vigilant and keep an eye out for any suspicious activity on the roofs of businesses where there are likely to be air conditioning units. Don't just assume that if you see someone on top of a building in a high-vis jacket that they are there legitimately.
"I would also urge businesses to take as many precautions as they can to prevent thieves from getting onto their roofs in the first place and make sure that they have security systems, such as CCTV cameras, installed in that area."
Anyone with information about this incident can call PC Ginder on 0300 333 3000, quoting 231S 200712 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.