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Drivers are being warned to be on the guard after a series of top-of-the-range cars were stolen across Lichfield and Burntwood. Since the start of April more than 15 thefts of BMWs, including the X1, X3, 3 and 5 series, have been taken from addresses across the area. The most recent one saw a white BMW 118 taken from a drive in Little Aston at 12.15am on Monday (September 24), while other incidents have taken place in Shenstone, Fradley, Fazeley and Burntwood. Sgt Rich Morris said: “These are serious crimes and we’re asking owners to take sensible precautions to protect their cars. “They should keep them in garages wherever possible or use other security devices, such as steering locks, to protect their vehicles.” Anyone with information about such crime should ring Staffordshire Police on 101. Alternatively, they can ring independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. A 27-year-old Birmingham man was arrested following one of the crimes – when a BMW M5 was taken from a car park at Drayton Manor Theme Park on July 21 – and remains on police bail pending further inquiries.


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