Couple Share Footage Of Motorhome Theft To Catch Thieves After Police Take Two Weeks To Investigate
A couple who caught CCTV footage of thieves nicking their motorhome have decided to share the clip in an attempt to catch the crooks, claiming police have taken two weeks to investigate the crime.
However, a gang of five people made short work of moving it before breaking into the motorhome and fleeing the scene.
CCTV caught the theft at 4.45am on 14 July, but 59-year-old Kevin and his wife Annette, 52, say despite calling the police the same day, no one began investigating it until 26 July.
They have now decided to share the footage online as they try to track down the thieves themselves.
Annette, a full-time carer for her son Shane, who has cerebral palsy, said: "We are absolutely heartbroken because we have a disabled child and we were going away on the Sunday. It was all packed and ready to go.
"All my clothes and my son's clothes were in there.
"He is heartbroken. He doesn't have a lot of speech. Now when we are outside he holds his hands together and says 'gone'. He doesn't understand that the nasty men have taken it.
"You work hard for your stuff and you get these scum pinching your stuff.
"The van was always locked and we had a lock across the steering wheel. Kevin had his work vehicle right in front of it.
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"On the video, the thieves had been in there from about 3.30am, which we did not know. They knocked the horn at one point but didn't wake us up.
"They threw a brick through the window and got the hand brake off. That was about 4.45am.
"They sawed the steering lock which was on the motorhome in half in order to move it.
"When they moved the van, it crashed into the neighbour's car which set their car alarm off and woke them up. They called the police immediately.
"We have had the CCTV camera up for about one-and-a-half years, and we have had the motorhome for four years.
"The police have been really slow to react. It has been frustrating, the police only came after we put the appeal out ourselves on Facebook.
"I would have expected the police to have reacted more quickly to the theft, especially as the CCTV is good quality and they are clearly an organised gang.
"The chances of them being caught now are probably very remote but we have to try. Someone somewhere must have seen the motorhome.
"We go everywhere in it and we just want it back."
A Staffordshire Police spokeswoman said: "At 4.45am on July 14 it was reported that a white Ford motorhome had been stolen from an address on Rushwater Close in Wombourne.
"CCTV is being reviewed, and enquiries are ongoing."
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