Police appeal after Lustleigh village thefts
POLICE are appealing for information following a series of thefts in the village of Lustleigh near Newton Abbot.
Officers have received reports of six burglaries and one theft from a vehicle on the night of April 29.
Police say there are possibly several more incidents to be reported by residents who are yet to discover anything missing.
A spokesman said: "The thieves have seemingly used a dark, quiet area to target mainly outbuildings, garages and sheds.
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"The suspects have pulled doors off, ripped padlocks off and also pulled light sensors off.
"The main items taken were petrol chainsaws, strimmers and hedge trimmers and other power tools such as drills, jigsaws and small welders. Makes included Stihl and Husqvarna among others."
The estimated cost of items taken so far is more than £6,000, but this figure is expected to top £10,000 when full details are given by each victim.
The spokesman continued: "Due to the volume and size of items taken, officers believe there may have been more than one person responsible for the crimes and that the suspects may have also used a vehicle, although two of the strimmers initially stolen were discovered discarded on nearby driveways.
"If you saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area or noticed any vehicles in the vicinity which seemed out of place please call PC Chris Bennett at Totnes police station on 101.
"Officers are also keen to hear from anyone who has been offered similar items for sale and again ask members of the public to call 101 quoting reference JA/12/316."