Attempts to steal four BMWs in Bromsgrove by 'reprogramming' them

By Beth Sharp Tuesday 15 April 2014 Updated: 17/04 16:55

POLICE are hunting raiders who attempted to steal four BMWs in Bromsgrove in just one night last week.

The offenders managed to break into one vehicle on Long Meadow Road, Catshill, about 12midnight on Wednesday (April 9) by smashing the driver’s side window.

Once inside, they removed the plastic panelling protecting the computerised port and attempted to reprogramme it.

Luckily they were disturbed during the break-in and a neighbour saw two men, who are believed to have fled on foot.

One was tall and was wearing a light coloured top.

The next morning when the victim tried to lock the BMW, with the key, it did not work as the vehicle had been partially reprogrammed.

West Mercia Police have linked the incident to three other attacks on BMWs in Bromsgrove which took place some time between Tuesday evening (April 8) and Wednesday morning (April 9).

In Stratford Gardens a car window was smashed and its plastic panelling was removed by theives with the same intention - to gain access to its electronics.

Another attempt to steal a vehicle parked in Primrose Close, Lickey End, also happened - a hole was made in its window and a piece of plastic interior was removed.

While, in All Saints Place, a window of a BMW was smashed but no access was gained.

PC Matthew Brittain said: "It is believed the aim in all four cases was to steal the vehicles.

"It is good practice for owners, not only of BMWs and other expensive makes but of all vehicles, to park them overnight in a secure garage where possible."

Witnesses or anyone with any information should call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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