A brazen thief jumped in a delivery van and drove off seconds after the driver left the vehicle.
Nottinghamshire Police today issued a CCTV still of a man they believe “may have information” to help the probe into the shameful scenes in Newthorpe.
Nottinghamshire Police said the delivery driver “watched in shock as his van was driven off by a thief” who struck as he was dropping off a parcel in Baker Road, Newthorpe.
Police said the driver had to leave his van and return to the house “for additional sign-off for the parcel”.
A Nottinghamshire Police spokesperson said: “As he was getting out of the van and approaching the house, it is reported that a man jumped in the van, using the keys in the ignition to start the engine, and sped off towards Main Street.
“The vehicle has since been recovered from Lincolnshire.
“Officers have now released an image of a man they would like to speak to, who they believe may have information which could help with their enquiries into the incident on 9 July 2021.”
Police branded the incident “awful” and reminded people to remove the keys from the ignition to reduce the risk of theft.
It has not been disclosed if anything was taken from the van.
Detective Sergeant Julian Eminson-Ferry, from Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This was an awful incident where a delivery driver, whilst simply doing his job, had his van brasenly taken.
“This should not be something anyone should have to face, and we have been working hard to conduct house-to-house and CCTV enquiries to establish the circumstances around what happened.
“We understand the impact an incident such as this can have, and we are committed to investigating this thoroughly.
“Opportunist thieves will look for a chance to easily take items they want, and we would always advise removing the keys from the ignition and keeping them in a safe place whilst a vehicle is unattended.
“We are very keen to talk to the man pictured. We believe he may have information which could help us in our investigation.
“Anyone who recognises him or has any information about the incident is urged to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident 426 of 9 July 2021.”
For more advice on how to keep commercial vehicles secure Nottinghamshire Police urge people to visit: https://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/advice/prevention/commercial
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