Wolverhampton man charged after spate of van thefts in Staffordshire

A Wolverhampton man has been charged after a spate of incidents in Staffordshire where items have been stolen from vans across the county.

Police are continuing to appeal for information after incidents across Staffordshire this month.

On Saturday, November 21, at around 4.50pm a van was broken into in Burton Square, in Rising Brook, Stafford, and tools to the value of £5,000 were stolen.

Officers arrested and charged a 21-year-old man from Wolverhampton with theft from a motor vehicle.

Ronnie Huarns, from Bromwynd Close, in Blakenhall, appeared before Stafford Magistrates Court where he was remanded in custody to appear before the same court on December 2.

A number of incidents of both attempted and successful break-ins with vans were reported across Staffordshire, between Monday, November 23, and Tuesday, November 24.

Perton, Blythe Bridge, near Stoke, Newcastle-under-Lyme and Burton-on-Trent all saw vans targeted on their streets, while two vans were also stolen from Tean and Upper Tean overnight between Monday and Tuesday.

Sergeant Anthony La Planche, of the Stafford neighbourhood team, said: “Tradespeople are working hard through the pandemic and have a right to believe their tools are safe in their vehicles and that people who steal them and interrupt their ability to work will be arrested, charged and put before the courts.”

Anyone with any information about any of the above incidents should call Staffordshire Police on 101.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or at crimestoppers-uk.org

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