CCTV footage released following thefts from vans in the Derbyshire Dales area

Police have released CCTV footage as officers appeal for information in connection with some recent thefts from vans in the Derbyshire Dales.

13 vans were targeted in Darley Dale, Matlock, Middleton by Wirksworth, Rowsley and Hackney between Saturday 7 March and Monday 9 March.

Officers have identified a man they would like to speak to, and what they think is a white Volvo car, they would like to trace.

They are also continuing to remind van owners to make sure their vehicles, valuables and tools are secure.

Inspector Daron Abbott, who is in charge of policing in the Derbyshire Dales, said: “I would like to thank everyone who has contacted us so far, and for the continued support from the community as we work to investigate and also try to prevent these thefts.

“There can be a major impact on victims whose businesses and livelihoods are affected by the cost and inconvenience of replacing tools and equipment, and I would ask anyone who may have any information on those responsible to get in touch.”

Insp. Abbott added: “I would also reiterate the advice given earlier this week to motorists around making sure that vehicles are locked whenever they’re unattended, that tools and valuables are removed and that vehicles are parked in a well-lit and secure area overnight, covered by CCTV if possible.”

If you have any information which you think could help with Police inquiries, get in touch with them using one of the following non-emergency contact methods.

Quote the reference number 2*137857 and name of the officer in the case, PC Tim Hall, in any correspondence.

  • Facebook – send a private message to /DerbyshireConstabulary

  • Twitter – direct message @DerPolContact

  • Website – complete the online contact form www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us.

  • Phone – call 101.

You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

In the event of an emergency you should always call 999.

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