A bewildered car owner returned to her vehicle to discover a huge chunk of it missing in a ‘very strange’ theft at Leighton’s railway station car park.
British Transport Police (BTP) is appealing for witnesses after the Corsa was partially dismantled.
Officers have launched an investigation into the incident, which took place on Wednesday, September 11, and left the grey 2012 Vauxhall model stripped of its front panels, as well as a sat nav, and other items.
The car’s front passenger side window was also smashed, as thieves stole the vehicle’s wheel locking nuts, radiator, front wings, bonnet, electrical parts, headlights and other electrical items.
PC Chris Woolley, leading the investigation, explained the circumstances of the incident.
He said: “The owner parked her car in the small car park to the north of the station shortly after 8.30am and returned at 4.30pm.
“When she returned, she quickly saw all the damage which had been caused, and we now want to hear from anyone who was in the area of the car park or the station at the time and believes they may have seen something.
“This is a very strange incident indeed, with the damage and theft exceeding £1,000, and we are doing everything in our power to identify those responsible.
“We’re currently carrying out a number of enquiries in the area, looking at CCTV opportunities, interviewing witnesses, and liaising with local police and garages in an effort to locate the missing parts and stolen items.
“Removing this much of the car’s structure would have taken a substantial amount of time and effort, and as such I am confident someone in the area would have seen something.”
>Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting background B2/LNA of 18/09/2013.
Information can also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.