Mysterious criminals target Ilfracombe in three-day series of robberies
A headlight and a Land Rover were among the items stolen in a three-night crime spree in North Devon.
Valuable items were stolen throughout the area, including residential roads, a business park, a warehouse and a memorial hall.
On the first night of the party, there were ‘a number of break-ins’ reported in Ilfracombe and tools were stolen from Mullacott Park.
On Monday evening, the Qubik space storage facility at Mullacott Business Park was raided by the thieves who stole several items including a lighthouse light and a marine inboard engine.
Residents took to Facebook to share that their storage units had been broken into, with photos showing the locks being ‘busted’.
Two vehicles were stolen in the Ilfracombe area on Tuesday evening, one from Springfield Road and the other from Watermouth Castle.
Richard Martin’s Landrover was among the stolen vehicles and was found this morning (Wednesday) on the M5.
He said: ‘I had my lorry nicked which was picked up off the M5 by the Highways Agency.
He added: “The only reason I get it back is because it’s out of fuel or it broke down.
“They basically had 24 hours to do whatever they wanted with it.”
Devon and Cornwall police officers suspect the cars may have been used to commit another series of crimes, as tools, a marine engine and a bicycle were stolen from Lee Memorial Hall the same night.
Police investigating the incident do not believe the thieves were local and evidence suggests they were all committed by the same people.
Sergeant Dave Thubron, neighborhood team leader for Ilfracombe, said: ‘We are currently investigating a number of high value burglaries and break-ins in the area which we believe are all linked.
“We continue to work on these crimes and try to identify those responsible; we will be working with neighboring forces as we believe those responsible may have traveled into North Devon from outside the Force area.
“Currently we have reports of break-ins in and around the Ilfracombe area, including at Mullacott Park on Sunday evening where tools were stolen.
“On Monday evening, we had numerous containers broken into at the Qubik Space Storage Facility, including high value items including a marine inboard engine and headlight light; we also have reports of locks being cut on a number of motorcycles at a business in Woolacombe, but currently nothing has been reported as stolen in this particular incident.
“As of Tuesday evening we have reports of thefts from vehicles in the Springfiled Road and Watermouth Castle areas of Ilfracombe, as well as thefts of tools from the Watermouth Inn, and a marine engine, cycle and other items following a break-in at Lee Memorial Hall.
“We take this matter seriously and it is essential that anyone with information that could help us in our investigation contact us immediately.
“We would especially like to hear from anyone who lives near any of the above locations who may have CCTV or Dashcam footage that may be useful.
Anyone with information is asked to contact 101 or [email protected] and request that this information be sent to the Ilfracombe Neighborhood Team.
You can also give information anonymously through Crimestoppers.
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