Warwickshire Police appealing for details after three defibrillators stolen in Nuneaton and Bedworth last month

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 10 April 2022

WARWICKSHIRE POLICE officers are appealing for information relating to three reports of defibrillators being stolen across the borough of Nuneaton and Bedworth last month.

Defibrillator (Image: Pixabay) / Inset (Image: Pixabay)

First defibrillator theft – 9 March

On Wednesday 9 March, the first of the many defibrillator thefts took place when one was stolen from the Co-op on School Road in Bulkington at 5.20am on 9 March.

CCTV cameras captured an unknown male forcing the unit off the wall before making off with it on foot.

Unfortunately, the suspect remains unidentified from the imagery which was captured.

This is incident 40 of 9 March.

Second defibrillator theft – 26 March

Just 17 days later, on Saturday 26 March, criminals struck again – stealing another defibrillator from yet another Co-op shop.

This time it was from the Co-op branch in Copper Beech Road in the Camp Hill area of Nuneaton.

The piece of life-saving equipment was stolen at an ‘unknown time’, according to officers in a statement – and no CCTV camera footage was available.

This is incident 87 of 26 March.

Third defibrillator theft – 30 March

And as the Hinckley Free Press reported earlier this week, a third defibrillator was stolen from a community church in the Horeston Grange area of Nuneaton, four days after the last incident.

It was reported as stolen from the church after unknown persons gained entry inside of the church by prizing the doors open sometime between 12.01am on 25 March and 11.50pm on Wednesday, 30 March.

This is incident 169 of 30 March.

Police ‘understand anger and concern over callous thefts’

Inspector Dave Williams, from the Nuneaton and Bedworth Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “We completely understand the anger and concern in the community resulting from these callous thefts.

“The units are purchased through fundraising appeals and charitable donations, it is disgraceful and inconceivable that the offenders have put their own greed before the lives of others.

“We are aware that there have also been two recent thefts of defibrillators in Leicestershire and are liaising with colleagues in the force area.

He concluded: “Active lines of enquiry are being pursued, and we would appeal for anyone who has witnessed suspicious activity or has any information concerning perpetrators or attempted sales of the units to come forward.”

How to pass on information to officers

Anybody with information on any of the three thefts are being encouraged to contact Warwickshire Police officers through their non-emergency number of 101, using the above incident numbers which relates to the details that they have.

Alternatively, those with details who would rather pass these on anonymously can do so by calling independent charity, Crimestoppers, on 0800 555111.

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