A WARNING has been issued to owners of Audi cars after a recent spate of thefts from the vehicles.
Leicestershire Police has reported that dozens of Audi cars have had their front windows smashed and gloves boxes searched in the space of two weeks in North West Leicestershire – and detectives now fear that the thieves might be getting set to cross the border into South Derbyshire.
Detective Sergeant Steven Hutchings, who is leading the investigation, said: “Although we can’t say for certain at this stage, we are looking into the possibility that the incidents may be linked. One line of inquiry that we are looking into is that the Audis may have been targeted to obtain an emergency key which can sometimes be found in the glove box.
“From inquiries we’ve conducted so far we believe the suspects may have been driving a black Audi Estate. If you saw a similar vehicle driving off at speed or if you have any information which can assist please contact us.
“We are advising owners of Audi vehicles to check their glove compartments and remove any emergency keys. If you have concerns about this and accessing the key contact your local Audi supplier.”
A 23-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incidents and is currently in police custody.
A spokesman for Audi UK said: “Audi is absolutely committed to setting the very highest standards for security, and the fact that its cars have consistently achieved top ratings for theft of and theft from protection in Thatcham’s British Insurance Vehicle Security Awards bears testament to this commitment.
“However, no vehicle is immovable if its key is accessible, so we advise all drivers never to leave spare sets in their cars. Audi UK is currently assisting Leicestershire Police with its inquiries.”