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Last Updated: Tuesday, 13 May, 2003, 11:54 GMT 12:54 UK
Gang targets luxury cars
Jaguar S-type car
The gang took a Jaguar S-type among other cars

Staffordshire Police are appealing for help to catch thieves who are stealing luxury cars by breaking into homes to take the keys.

The gang, thought to be from Liverpool, are believed to have struck twice in Stafford, once in Acton Trussell, seven times in Rugeley and once in Cannock in recent weeks.

Detectives have mounted a major inquiry to try to catch the culprits and are warning householders to be on their guard.

Sergeant Bob Lee, from the Rugeley local policing unit, said all their inquiries are leading them to Liverpool.

Jaguar S-type

"We think the gang are travelling down the M6 and then getting off around Stafford and travelling south, committing burglaries as they go."

Gang members have been taking whatever they can, but are mainly targeting high-performance or luxury cars.

A grey Jaguar S-type, with the distinctive registration C3 UMO, was stolen during a raid on a house in Cannock, while a Vauxhall Vectra SRi was taken from outside a property in Stafford.

The vehicle was later recovered in Merseyside.

Gang disturbed

In two of their other raids, car keys were among the items stolen although the vehicles themselves were not taken.

The Stafford raids, at addresses in Eccleshall Road and Wilkes Road, were committed earlier this month.

The gang is thought to have returned on Thursday to commit the remainder of the offences.

In Acton Trussell, they were disturbed before they stole anything.

The men are then believed to have driven to Rugeley where they attempted to raid a house in Bilberry Close, but were again disturbed.

From there they went to Briar Close, Old Eaton Road, Orchard Close, Risworth Avenue, Wolseley Road and finally Talbot Street, before heading into Cannock.

Police are appealing for information.




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