Shed thief nets costly plot gear
GARDENING tools worth £850 have been stolen from a shed at an allotment in Tiverton.
A strimmer, a rotavator and a wheelbarrow were taken after the outbuilding off Chapel Street was broken into between on Monday, September 23, between 9pm and 11pm.
The burglary is being investigated by police who are warning people to be wary if they are offered items for sale.
PC Kate Jefferies, who covers Tiverton town centre, said: "The break-in occurred within quite a small timescale and it was quite a high-value theft.
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"The aggrieved is doing her own detective work and has her ear to the ground.
"Not very often would somebody be offered a rotavator for sale so if anybody is approached with anything of this nature, or has any information, they should contact us."
PC Jefferies said that if high-value equipment must be stored in secluded locations, adequate security measures must be in place. Heavy-duty locks, security lighting and CCTV signs to act as a deterrent were effective.
Items can also be marked with postcodes and the name of the owners with a UV pen so if they are stolen and recovered by police, they can be returned.
A note should also be made of all items kept in a shed including the make, model and serial number of equipment of value.
PC Jefferies said: "There are other useful items including padlocks with an alarm. If they get tampered with they would sound."
Anybody with information is urged to call police on 101.