Appeal after cars stolen

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Police are investigating after two cars were stolen by thieves who had apparently swiped the keys from the owners’ homes.

A silver Vauxhall Astra and a grey Fiat Punto were taken from outside properties in Newarthill just days apart.

The Astra was stolen following a break-in at a home on Klondike Court, sometime between 5pm last Wednesday, (September 23) and 9am the following morning.

The culprit is said to have broken into the house and swiped a wallet as well as the car keys before simply driving off.

Then between 1 and 4.30am on Saturday (September 26), the Punto was stolen from an address on Culzean Drive.

Again,police believe that the vehicle was taken after those responsible took the keys from the house.

As we went to press yesterday (Tuesday), neither car had been traced.

PC Garry Cook, community safety officer at Bellshill police office, said: “There has been an increased number of reports in recent times of cars being stolen using a key which has been taken from within the owner’s property.

“This is done either during a break-in at the home or by using a fishing rod or similar instrument reaching through the letter box and removing the keys.

“I would therefore urge people to keep their car keys and other valuables out of sight in the house, particularly overnight.

“Do not leave keys near your front or back doors or windows where thieves can easily see them and reach them.

“Keep them hidden away - don’t give thieves a helping hand to steal your hard-earned possessions.

“Ensure your car is locked and if you have a security device, ensure it is armed.”

He added: “I would urge anyone with information in relation to either of these thefts, or anyone who knows who may be responsible, to get in touch.”

Information can be reported by calling Police Scotland on 101.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers free and confidentially on 0800 555 111.