Fuel thefts in Sunderland

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Police in Sunderland are appealing for information following a number of fuel thefts in the west of the city.

The incidents happened on Wednesday, August 6 and involved the same car - a sky blue Honda Civic, which has been stolen from the Cleveland area.

Around 7.40pm that day police received a report of a theft of petrol from BP Snax 24, on The Broadway.

A male front seat passenger filled up the tank with petrol before the vehicle made off without paying.

Another incident then happened around 7.50pm at Barnes Service Station, Durham Road, when the Civic pulled up at the station and attempts were made to fill up petrol cans in the boot.

However, when challenged by a member of staff over the speaker system, the car made off without the fuel.

A further theft took place at the Esso Service Station, Durham Road, at around 7.55pm where the passenger filled petrol cans from the boot of the vehicle with fuel before the car drove off.

The Honda was also spotted at Foxcover Service Station, Durham Road, at 10.10pm, however, no crimes were committed this time.

Police are investigating all of the incidents and are keen to speak to any witnesses or anyone with information.

Neighbourhood Inspector Lisa Laverick said: “Enquiries are continuing in relation to these incidents and I’d urge anyone with information to come forward, particularly if they’ve spotted this vehicle.

“Fuel theft isn’t a victimless crime - it has an impact on consumers as well as retailers. It can also be linked to other offences and once filled up, its occupants can use it to go on to commit further crime.

“Stealing a person’s number plates and attaching them to another vehicle is yet another tactic thieves will use to steal fuel. People can prevent this by using the anti-theft screws.

“If anyone sees someone acting suspiciously around a vehicle they should report it to police.

“We will continue to work with garages through the Forecourt Watch scheme which allows stations to share information between each other and with police to stop thieves in their tracks.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 1143 06/08/14, or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.