Lancashire Police crack down on high-value car thieves

Police have stepped up patrols in east Lancashire after a spate of thefts of high-value cars.

Thieves have broken into homes in Rossendale, Pendle, Burnley and the Ribble Valley and stolen car keys.

The keys may be left on show or taken by putting a stick and hook through the letterbox or cat-flap, police said.

Officers believe thieves are coming across the county border. They have increased armed response vehicles, dog patrols and road policing officers.

Among the vehicles to have been stolen recently include a Mitsubishi Evo, worth about £25,000, from Bacup; a green Ford Focus, worth £30,000, from Barrowford; and a Range Rover Sport, worth £56,000, from Slaidburn.

Ch Insp Paul Withers, of Lancashire Police, said: "We know that there are criminals who live outside east Lancashire, and indeed the county, that are prepared to travel to steal vehicles.

"My message to them is simple - if you come to east Lancashire to commit crime you will be relentlessly pursued and will be put before the courts. You are not welcome in Lancashire."

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