Warning to motorists after thefts

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Police are warning Gainsborough motorists to never leave their keys in the ignition when they are away from their cars following recent thefts.

A police spokesman said: “Drivers should never leave their keys in – even for a couple of minutes.”

The warning comes after a minibus was stolen in Gainsborough. The vehicle was taken after the driver briefly got out of the bus to post a letter. This incident took place at around 3pm on Tuesday 23rd August on the B1433 Corringham Road.

When the driver of the white Mercedes Sprinter van, registration DK11BWN, posted the letter he left his keys in the ignition. The thief then got in the van and drove off. The vehicle had ‘Mark’s Passenger Services’ written on the side.

Then on Thursday 25th August at around 10.30am at Corringham Road Industrial Estate in Gainsborough, a silver transit van was stolen when the driver left it for a couple of minutes with the keys in the ignition.

Police officers are asking anyone who sees the van or may have witnessed the incident to contact them as soon as possible. Call Lincolnshire Police with information on 0300 111 0300 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.