Police offer cash reward after car badge thefts

Spalding community policing inspector Jim Tyner.
Spalding community policing inspector Jim Tyner.
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Police are offering a £50 cash reward for help in finding a man who stole badges from more than 20 vehicles parked in several Spalding streets.

The vehicles were parked in Hannam Boulevard and Pennygate when they were targeted and most of the thefts happened between 4am and 5.30am on Sunday December 1.

One of the victims, Nicola Hope (42) of Hannam Boulevard, said: “I have a Vauxhall Astra which had the badge and some of the lettering on the back of it ripped off.

“I thought it was just my car but a man who lives down my road had the Alfa Romeo badge on his car and every single letter stolen.

“Our family has lived in Spalding for seven or eight years and we’ve never heard of this happening before.

“Whoever did it seemed to pick on all the old cards down Hannam Boulevard because my husband has a Peugoet which is six years old, but they didn’t touch his car.”

The £50 reward is for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the thief, along with the recovery of the badges.

Police have given a description of a man seen near one of the targeted vehicles who is white, aged in his mid-twenties, well-built and people who saw him said he appeared drunk.

The man was wearing a dark sleeveless jacket over a light-coloured hoodie.

Nicola said: “I’ve had a look around to see how much it would to repair everything and just to replace the lettering on my car is going to cost £15 or £16.

“But to be honest, I don’t want to pay for any repairs in case the same thing happens again.

“It’s so frustrating and annoying to think someone would do this.”

Spalding community policing inspector Jim Tyner said: “Someone will know who is responsible and the fact that the man walked off when he was disturbed suggests he is local to the area.”

Anyone with information should call 101, stating incident 130 of December 1.