CCTV released after Red Cross van targeted by thieves

A British Red Cross van used to deliver mobility aids equipment to vulnerable people in Plymouth and surrounding areas was damaged after an attempted theft of the vehicle last week.

The white Ford Transit van was parked outside the Red Cross centre on Catherine Street, Plymouth when the break-in occurred on the evening of Friday 8th or early hours of Saturday 9th May.

The offenders’ attempt to steal the vehicle failed but they stole a number of items from the van including a Tom Tom Pro777 SatNav.

Police have issued CCTV images of two men they would like to speak to in connection with the incident.

PCSO Trystan Fentem, from the city centre neighbourhood team, said: “We would like to speak to anyone who recognises the men pictured as they may be able to help with our enquiries.

“We are also keen to speak to anyone who was in the Catherine Street area at the time who may have witnessed the incident or seen any suspicious activity, and anyone who has since been offered the sat nav for sale. The serial number is LH6333KO4929.”

Sam Snelling, health and social care manager at the Red Cross, said: “We are very disappointed by this thoughtless crime. Apart from the inconvenience and the cost to the charity, its impact means that vulnerable people in our community, who rely on the Red Cross to supply them with wheelchairs and other mobility aids, have not received the equipment they need. We appeal for anyone with any information to contact Devon and Cornwall Police.”

The Red Cross mobility aids service provides short-term loans of mobility aids, such as wheelchairs and commodes, for up to 12 weeks for people with a disability or illness. The delivery and collection service in Plymouth has been temporarily affected by the damaged vehicle and won’t be fully operational until next week.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Devon and Cornwall Police by emailing [email protected] or calling 101quoting reference CR/032349/15, or alternatively call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

For more information about the mobility aids service in Plymouth please contact Samantha Goff, British Red Cross, Plymouth Public Dispensary, 18 Catherine Street, Plymouth, PL1 2AD Tel 01752 831817.

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

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