Warning to Rutland Audi owners after spate of thefts

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Police have warned Audi owners to be vigilant after a spate of thefts.

Thieves smashed the windows of 28 Audis across Rutland and Leicestershire in two days earlier this week. They searched glove boxes and stole any expensive items.

One of the thefts took place in Ketton.

Det Sgt 1570 Steven Hutchings is leading the investigation. He said: “Although we can’t say for certain at this stage we are looking into the possibility that the incidents may be linked, one line of enquiry that we are looking into is that the Audis may have been deliberately targeted to obtain an emergency key which can sometimes be found in the glove box.

“From enquiries we’ve conducted so far we believe the suspects may have been driving a black Audi estate. If you saw a similar vehicle driving off at speed or if you have any information which can assist with the investigation please contact us.”

An Audi UK spokesman added: “Audi is absolutely committed to setting the very highest standards for security, and the fact that its cars have consistently achieved top ratings for theft of and theft from protection in Thatcham’s British Insurance Vehicle Security Awards bears testament to this commitment.

“However, no vehicle is immovable if its key is accessible, so we advise all drivers never to leave spare sets in their cars.

“Audi UK is currently assisting Leicestershire Police with its enquiries relating to the break-ins in this area.”