Police are renewing their appeal for ‘information and vigilance’ after more fuel tanks were drilled for fuel in Hemel Hempstead, taking the total number of incidents past the 60 mark since October last year.
Despite proactive patrols, detailed investigations and public appeals, the incidents have started to re-emerge in the past two weeks.
The offender(s) are making one or more holes in the petrol tanks and draining the contents into a container before making off. Mainly petrol vehicles are being targeted.
During an incident which occurred at 3.20am this morning in Nettlecroft a young white man was seen making off after drilling a hole into the tank of a vehicle.
Detective Inspector Justine Jenkins from the Local Crime Unit at Hemel Hempstead Police Station said: “We’ve been utilising a number of police resources in order to catch this person, but to date they have evaded police.
“So my appeal is to anyone who witnessed behaviour around vehicles, mostly during the late evening and during the night, to please call police via 999 immediately. Your call could prove pivotal. The offenders have to get underneath the vehicles to access the fuel tanks, and are using a drill or a screwdriver to make the holes, before syphoning off the contents into a container. So if you see someone tampering with a vehicle in this way, please call us.
“Alternatively if you have suspicions about who may be responsible, please contact us. If you do not wish to speak to police you can call Crimestoppers and leave information anonymously by calling 0800 555111.”
In March, the independent charity offered an enhanced reward of up to £1,000 for information which would lead to the arrest of the person responsible.
If you have information about these crimes or know who may be responsible, please contact police via the Herts Police non-emergency number 101.
Other recent incidents include overnight between June 10 and 11 in Horsecroft Road where two cars were targeted and overnight between June 7 and 8 in Alexandra Road where again thieves drilled into two cars.