Appeal after spate of high value car thefts

Police in North Lanarkshire are hunting thieves who made off with a number of high value cars in the area.

Ten vehicles with a combined value of £152,000 were stolen from outside a number of homes between Wednesday, July 2 and Friday, July 4.

A Mazda was taken between 11pm on Wednesday, July 2, and 4.30am on Thursday, July 3, from outside a property in Dunellan Way, Moodiesburn. In another incident, a Mini Cooper and a BMW Z4 were stolen from outside a property in Lochearnhead Road, Stepps, between 11.30pm on Wednesday, July 2, and Thursday, July 3.

Overnight on Thursday, July 3, a Jaguar XF Sport was stolen from outside a property in Dunellen Place, Moodiesburn.

In all of the cases, the thieves gained entry to the properties via windows or back doors to steal car keys.

Lanarkshire CID are are appealing for information and witnesses to contact them on 101.

They would particularly like to speak to anyone who may have been offered any of the cars types for sale.

Sergeant Ross Aitken said: “I would like to remind householders to be mindful over where they keep both their house and car keys, particularly overnight.

“Please do not leave them near your front or back doors or windows where thieves can easily see them and reach them. Keep them hidden away – don’t give thieves a helping hand to steal your hard earned possessions.”

He added: “Keep your home as secure as possible. If you have window locks, use them – particularly if you are leaving the property.

“The same goes for your car. Ensure it is locked before you leave it and have a security device fitted.”