Drivers shelling out on hundreds of pounds after spate of fuel thefts in Letchworth
PUBLISHED: 11:41 27 January 2016 | UPDATED: 11:41 27 January 2016
Drivers are having to shell out hundreds of pounds after a spate of fuel thefts in Letchworth.
Police are appealing for information after thieves drilled into tanks and drained out fuel from cars in Letchworth, with the most recent incident taking place on High Avenue between 7pm on Friday and 7.45 am on Monday.
There were also thefts in Marmet Avenue between 10pm on January 17 and 7am on Jaunary 18,and between 3am on January 7 and 10am on January 8 in Chiltern View.
Since mid-November fuel has been taken from parked cars in Jarden, Westview, Broadwater Avenue, Elderfield, Unwin Close, Campers Avenue and Midhurst.
Victims are often unaware fuel has been stolen until they go to petrol stations and notice the fuel leaking out onto garage forecourts.
Investigating officer PC Peter Cook, who is from Letchworth’s Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Unfortunately these crimes are continuing and are proving to be not only extremely inconvenient to the owners of these vehicles but it is also causing them a great deal of expense as it can cost between £500 to £700 to replace the fuel tank and the lost fuel.
“I am appealing to anyone who has been in the affected areas recently and may have noticed anyone acting suspiciously around vehicles to please get in touch.
“To access the fuel, offenders will need to crouch down and lie on the floor to reach the tanks – have you seen anyone doing this late at night?”
Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Cook via the non-emergency 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.