Police Column: Second indecent exposure and petrol theft CCTV

The man police believe stole �57.09 worth of petrol from the Rainbow Co-operative store in Market Deeping on June 24. Crime reference 32130024579
The man police believe stole �57.09 worth of petrol from the Rainbow Co-operative store in Market Deeping on June 24. Crime reference 32130024579
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This week’s column, written by community beat sergeant Emma Crisp, looks at a second incident of indecent exposure and a rise in catalytic converter thefts.

Indecent exposure, Stamford

At 1pm on Sunday a woman was walking her dog in Kesteven Road when a vehicle pulled up next to her. The man inside the vehicle exposed himself.

The woman walked off but undeterred he drove up to her again in Willoughby Road, once again exposing himself. He then drove off towards Glen Crescent.

He was described as white, aged late 40s to early 50s, of large build with short brown hair. He was wearing dark blue or black T-shirt which was pushed up showing his belly, and yellow shorts.

The four-door vehicle was light grey with dark interior and had a “big boot area”.

If you think you can identify the man or the vehicle, please call us on 101 quoting crime reference 32130026489. Investigating Officer is PC 745 Bowen.

This is the second such incident in recent weeks after a man on a bicycle exposed himself to two 12-year-old girls in Christ Church Close, Stamford, at about 8.10pm on June 25.

The man was described as being white, in his early 40s, with a tanned complexion and 5ft 5in tall. He had light brown hair that came below his ears and was of medium build. He wore very short white shorts and a short-sleeved navy blue shirt with a collar. Incident 449 of June 25.

Fuel drive-off, Market Deeping

We are looking for the man pictured in relation to a petrol drive-off at Rainbow Co-operative filling station in Godsey Lane, Market Deeping, at 12.30pm on Monday, June 24.

The man filled up a Mazda RX8 with £57.09 worth of fuel before driving off without paying. The number plates he used were stolen from a vehicle in The Deepings Practice car park earlier that afternoon.

Crime reference 32130024579. Investigating Officer is PC 51 Donaldson

Theft from motor vehicles

We are again starting to see an increase in the theft of catalytic converters in the area.

The most recent theft occurred on the night of July 2 from a Peugeot 406 in Essex Way, Bourne.

Thieves simply cut the catalytic converter from the exhaust pipe of vehicles and sell them on. This crime can be committed in little more than 30 seconds and the cost of replacement can run into thousands of pounds.

Vehicles with high ground clearance such as 4x4s are most vulnerable.

If you suspect your catalytic converter has been stolen, report it to us immediately by calling 101.

Here are some tips to reduce the risk of theft of your car’s catalytic converter:

- Put your car in a garage

- Park in well-lit, busy areas

- Reverse your vehicle up to a wall or garage

- Look out for people working under cars

- Report any suspicious behaviour to the police

- Use a catalytic converter protection device or marking system

- Consider installing a Thatcham approved alarm .