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Police call for vigilance after a spate of 24 theft from vehicle incidents in Haverhill and Kedington: One man arrested and charged

A 39-year-old man has been arrested and convicted in connection with theft and interference with motor vehicle offences in Haverhill.

Officers were on patrol in the Haverhill area on Sunday, July 26 during the early hours, when they encountered a male who then ran away from them.

He was found and arrested and taken to Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre for questioning.

Police arrested a man in Haverhill for breaking into two cars and attempting to break in to another
Police arrested a man in Haverhill for breaking into two cars and attempting to break in to another

The arrest follows three incidents in Haverhill:

- Between 7pm on July 24 and 11am on July 26, a Peugeot 207 was entered in Reydon Close and a number of items were stolen including sunglasses and some loose change. (crime ref: 42490/20)

- Overnight between July 25 and 26, the door of a parked Mercedes A160 in Aragon Road was opened and a case for a pair of sunglasses was stolen. (42483/20)

- At approximately 1.50am on July 26, two unknown males attempted to enter a Mercedes in Victoria Road. The suspects were disturbed by the owners and it is believed nothing was stolen. (42412/20).

Alex Hockett, 39, of no fixed address, was subsequently charged with two offences of theft from a motor vehicle and interference with a motor vehicle.

He was remanded into custody and appeared before Ipswich Magistrates’ Court, yesterday.

Hockett was ordered to pay costs of £145 and a victim surcharge of £22.

Officers are continuing to urge motorists and residents to be vigilant after a total of 24 theft from motor vehicle incidents in the Kedington and Haverhill area have been reported to police between July 16 and 24.

Anyone who witnessed any suspicious behaviour or has knowledge of any incidents should contact Haverhill police on 101.

Police are also keen to speak to motorists who may have captured any relevant CCTV or dashcam footage.

Motorists are reminded that most thefts from cars are opportunist - Lock all doors when the vehicle is unattended.

Do not leave anything on display in your car, thieves can sometimes mistake them for valuables and the damage they can do to the car to get in can be costly.

Take all your belongings with you when you leave the car. If you can’t, then lock them in the boot out of sight.

Further advice and tips on keeping your vehicle secure can be found here

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