Arrests made after robbers use magnets to steal from Teddington letter boxes

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By Teddington People | Friday, November 29, 2013, 12:36

Householders in Teddington are being warned to leave their keys away from their letter boxes after a spate of thefts in the area in recent weeks.

The thefts, which have been reported in Teddington and Barnes, are being carried out using magnets taped to the end of bamboo sticks. So far, thieves have stolen a high value car but no houses have yet been burgled.

The discovery was made after Richmond Met Police were called to Madrid Road in Barnes where a local resident reported finding two long bamboo sticks tied together and a powerful magnet taped to the end.

Police believe that robbers were attempting to use the device to fish for house and car keys through letter boxes to burgle homes and steal cars. The Council and Police are warning residents not to leave keys or valuable possessions in sight near front doors, hallways, or windows.

While urging people not to panic, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Community Safety Cllr Tony Arbour, advised: “Keep house and car keys in drawers or in places that are out of sight from doors or windows. We will do everything we can to ensure these types of crimes are not committed in our borough.”

Richmond Police Borough Commander, Debra Towns added: “This week Richmond police working with Surrey Constabulary have made several significant arrests and the investigation continues. I would urge residents not to leave any keys visible near to doorways or in hallways, put them in a drawer. I would also ask residents to consider fitting a small internal cage over their letter box”.



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