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Thieves continue to target Ford cars in Sutton Coldfield theft spree

By Sutton Coldfield Observer  |  Posted: June 18, 2017

Ford cars have been stolen in the Boldmere area of Sutton Coldfield.

Ford cars have been stolen in the Boldmere area of Sutton Coldfield.

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A SPATE of car thefts have seen more Ford models being targeted with thieves overriding security systems.

The Observer reported the theft of an S-Max from Wylde Green station car park in April and in the past weeks a number of S-Max and Fiesta thefts have been recorded.

David Coton had his Ford S-Max stolen from outside his home in Cofield Road in the early hours of Sunday, June 4.

He said: "We were woken at 3.15am to what felt like an explosion.

"It was at the junction of Boldmere Road and Cofield Road.

"My car was parked in Cofield Road.

"We saw a big glare of lights at the back of the house. We were half asleep and thought it was security lights.

"We didn't think it was anything of concern. I said to my wife 'did you hear that?'.

"We went to the side of the house and we could just see glass all over the pavement.

"And then we realised it was our car that had been stolen.

"We reported it straight away.

"The police didn't come but they said they would look out for the car. They said it was their fifth similar job of the night.

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"They knew it was a big issue.

"I didn't know what the scam was.

"They break the window so the car alarm doesn't go off and then use a large device to override the security by plugging in to the on-board diagnostic port.

"I am aware of at least four Fords being taken this way in recent weeks."

David said there had been further thefts or attempts of Fords from Sunnybank Road, Boldmere Road and Church Road in Boldmere.

The main issue for David and his family, in addition to replacing the car, is getting new car seats and a new pushchair.

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The 32-year-old father-of-three who works at Halls Garden Centre said: "Ultimately it's the people with kids that are affected when they take S-Maxes.

"The car seats and the pushchair, a Phil and Teds, we are not going to get the value back.

"Surely Ford or insurance companies should be writing to people in the Sutton Coldfield area. It has got to be a priority?

"When I asked the police the chances of it being found, they asked 'does it have a tracker?'.

"The thieves take them, park them for a few days and then go and get it.

"This is a big organisation not petty criminals. It's one or two a night."

Dan Cooper, Sergeant with the Sutton Vesey neighbourhood team, said: "The Vesey neighbourhood is experiencing a high level of Ford car thefts overnight.

"The regular method includes smashing a window to gain entry and then the thieves are possibly using a device to override the immobiliser and drive the car away.

"Cars include S-Max and Fiestas. Keyless and key ignitions.

"If you have a crook lock or other type of physical way of immobilising your car please use it."

West Midlands Police confirmed a 17-year-old from Ward End, who cannot be named due to his age, has been charged with the theft of four Ford cars between February and June this year. However, these relate to the theft of Ford Mondeos on February 28, March 11 and March 26 and a Ford Fiesta on June 13. None of the charges related to stolen S-Max cars.

All these thefts were in Birmingham but police did not confirm where they took place.

The teen has been placed under curfew between 9pm and 6am daily and is due to appear back in court on August 2.

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