POLICE have urged van owners not to leave power tools in their vehicle overnight following a spate of thefts.

Last Friday a £400 drill was stolen from a van in West Melton, and the following day £500 worth of power tools were stolen from a vehicle in Wath.

Crime reduction officer PC Andy Robinson, said: “Van owners need to remove as many portable power tools from their vehicles as possible and take them into their home or a secure garage overnight.

“In the recent cases that we have seen over the weekend, the vehicles were parked close to the owner’s homes but this has not deterred the offenders from breaking in.

“Anyone who owns power tools, should use a permanent marker to write their postcode and house number on them. This alone could put thieves off from stealing them but if not, it means that we can return them to you if we do find them.”