Sleepy Sat-Nav Thief
Police looking for thief who slept in car at East Midlands Parkway Station.
British Transport Police have given Capital this image of a man they think broke into a car, slept in it for a few hours, and then stole the car's Sat Nav before leaving to catch a train.
They reckon it happened early on Monday the 17th of December last year in the car park at East Midlands Parkway railway station.
PC Stuart Hutton, the investigating officer:
"The victim parked his car overnight at the station, when he returned at 9am on Monday he discovered the car door open and damage to the steering wheel column, damage which was consistent with attempts to steal the car. He also discovered that his Sat Nav had been taken.
After viewing CCTV footage from in and around the station, a man was captured in the car park at 2.30am checking several vehicles before breaking into the victim's car. He then appears to sleep in the car for a few hours before heading into the station to board the 6.17am service to London.
If you recognise the man pictured we would like to hear from you, your information could be vital to the investigation"
They've given Capital tips on how to keep safe:
Lock the doors and close the windows when you leave your car, however long you are leaving it for
Always try to park your car in an attended car park.
Look for a public car park which is part of the police approved Park Mark scheme and displays the Park Mark® brand. Some car parks also have Secure Car Park' accreditation look for the sign
Don't leave anything on display. Even an old coat or plastic bag can be a tempting target for a thief
Remove the stereo if you can
Don't keep valuables or important documents in the glove box.
Leave the glove box open to show there's nothing inside
Tuck in wing mirrors and put the aerial down to discourage vandals
Never store your car's documents in the car A Thatcham-approved immobiliser or steering lock can help secure older vehicles
Have the windows etched with the car's vehicle registration number (VRN) and make a note of its chassis number
Get an alarm fitted.
Alarms can deter thieves not only from stealing your vehicle, but also from taking items from it.
You can get more information about alarms, immobilisers and other security devices by phoning the Vehicle Security National Helpline on 0870 550 2006 or the Sold Secure Helpline on 01327 264 687 Secure your wheels using locking wheel nuts Mark all equipment, e.g. car stereo, with your car registration number