Urgent: Spate of thefts and burglaries in Brownhills


It takes seconds to make of with gear left in your motor. Remove valuables, or hide them somewhere – but not in the glove compartment. Image from Brian Thornton.

I have an urgent message for Brownhills residents from Nicky Biddlestone, Communications Officer at Walsall Police.

I’ll let Nicky explain:

Hi Bob

I just wanted to draw your attention to a number of vehicle offences that have taken place in the last few days in Brownhills and surrounding areas.

Many of these offences have involved the theft of satnavs and possessions concealed in glove boxes. Access to the vehicles is by an unknown means. I hope you can raise this in your blog and via twitter to alert local residents about these recent offences and remind them to not leave valuable items inside their vehicles.

Vehicle offences have occured in:

Rose Drive, Brownhills
Catshill Road, Brownhills
Pelsall Lane, Rushall
Badgers Close, Pelsall
Horseshoe Cresent, Pheasey
Silver Court, Brownhills
High Street, Brownhills

There have been seven incidences of theft from motor vehicles, one attempted theft of vehicle and one house burglary, at Middleton Road. The offenders gained access into the property via an unsecured patio door. Three mountain bikes to the value of £6,000 have been stolen. We are currently awaiting images of the bikes to put out an appeal.

Police are increasing patrols in the area and reminding residents to follow general crime prevention advice.

Your help would be grately appreciated.

Kind regards

Nicky Biddlestone

Communications Officer
Corporate Communications Department
West Midlands Police

I know fellow Brownhills blogger Warren Parry was also a victim this week, and had stuff including a metal detector and camera pinched from his car.

In short, if you’re offered a cheap satnav, mountain bike, metal detector or camera, grub the people flogging them into the busies – they’re probably nicked. Don’t forget, we’re still on the lookout for The Stymaster’s purloined bike, too.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Walsall Police by dialling 101 or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Please, lets see if we can nail these thieving buggers.

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7 Responses to Urgent: Spate of thefts and burglaries in Brownhills

  1. Mark says:

    Thanks for the heads up! My bike is on full display in the conservatory it will swiftly be moved I’d be lost with out it!

  2. More and more people are fitting CCTV to their property but its not a cheap game with a decent system costing £200+.
    Thieving goits. Catch the b’stards and string them up.

  3. Nikki clews says:

    I had mysatnav taken from my car thursday evening, I looked out the window and saw a gang if lads shoutngt then one sat in my car and went straight in the glove box by the time my hubby got down stairs they had gone

  4. kelly harper says:

    Thank you for the heads up 😀 Have spread the word on the Brownhills/walsall wood/cannock online carboot Facebook group xx

  5. carl says:

    Thank you. Barnetts lane resident, shall be spreading the word

  6. stuart thomas says:

    Hi just to make people aware my car and home was burgled up Watling street. By hendesford road. I caught one inside and apprehended him till police came. Found out there’s been numerous attempts in the area with youths from this area. Police know there’. A problem with these youths so hope they can deal with this quickly.

    • Hi Stuart

      Any chance you could mail me details of the incident to BrownhillsBob at googlemmil dot com and I’ll post up an article please?

      Glad you caught them – you sound like a hero!


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