Metal theft warning after weekend of crime
By North Devon Journal | Thursday, May 03, 2012, 07:30
POLICE in Ilfracombe are warning residents to be wary of metal thieves after several alleged crimes took place over the weekend.
Two 21-year-old men from Barnstaple were arrested after an alleged burglary at the Harleigh House Hotel on Wilder Road last Friday. Police were called to the hotel around 6.30am after a neighbour called 999.
Ilfracombe town centre neighbourhood beat manager PC Paul White said: "One man was apprehended inside the building and another was arrested outside.
"Two windows inside the property had been smashed and we believe it was a planned metal theft."
PC White said another spate of metal thefts had taken place over the weekend at Mullacott Industrial Estate.
He said: "Four catalytic converters were stolen from vans at the estate.
"Metal thefts like this have become far more prevalent lately due to the increased value of scrap metal. It's not just opportunist thieves any more, these are targeted attacks."
PC White said it was very difficult to protect against such thefts but did offer a few words of advice.
He said: "The vans which were targeted at Mullacott were in an isolated area with no one nearby. We would advise vehicle owners to keep their cars and vans within sight from your home."
Anyone with information about the alleged burglary at the Harleigh House Hotel is asked to call 101 and quote crime number CI/12/545.
The crime number for information about the catalytic converter thefts is CI/12/560