Kent Police hunt thief in Dartford after spate of car thefts

Police in Dartford are warning of an “opportunistic thief” wearing pink gloves after receiving seven different reports of vehicles being broken into in Dartford between New Year’s Eve and January 4.

Kent Police have issued a statement warning residents not to leave valuables in their cars overnight following the spate of crime.

Items stolen include satellite navigation systems, money and a multi tool, whilst one witness actually caught a young white man looking into cars around the same time period.

Between New Year’s Eve and Monday 4 January 2021, Kent Police said it had received seven reports of vehicles being broken into, with items taken on most occasions.

The vehicles were parked in Princes Road, Ashen Drive, St Ronan’s View, Knole Road, Beacon Drive, Page Close in Bean and Balmoral Road.

The incident in Balmoral Road took place at around 3am on 4 January and a witness has reported seeing a young white man looking into cars.

At the time, he was wearing a black puffer jacket, grey jogging bottoms, neon pink gloves, a woollen hat and cream shoes.

Inspector Sarah Rivett from Dartford’s Community Safety Unit said: “These incidents have been carried out at random and by an opportunistic thief.

“I would encourage people to ensure their vehicles are locked and to make sure no valuables are left inside their cars overnight. We will continue to patrol these areas to deter any further incidents. Anyone with information or who is concerned their vehicles have been targeted should report offences to Kent Police.’

Anyone with information can call Kent Police on 01474 366149 quoting 46/229120/20.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers in Kent anonymously on 0800 555 111, or by using the anonymous form available via this link.

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