Police warning after spate of Doncaster scooter thefts

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Three petrol scooters worth thousands of pounds were stolen in Doncaster over the weekend.

The first was a black Longjia, which was taken from a back garden at Old Hexthorpe, in Hexthorpe, despite being chained up between 8am on Saturday, November 16, and 1am on Sunday, November 17.

The second was a red-and-white Peugeot scooter stolen from Plunkett Road, Intake, sometime between Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.

And the last one was a red Longjia, which had been chained to a downpipe, but was still taken from Millgate, Bentley, at around 7.45pm yesterday.

The culprit is thought to have taken the scooter on a track at the back of the house that leads to Bentley pit top.

The owner later recovered parts from the vehicle and its tax disc from nearby fields.

Said Superintendent Eddie Murphy, of South Yorkshire Police: “We’re appealing for witnesses to all three incidents or anyone with information about them. We’re also asking people who have seen a scooter in bad condition being driven on wasteland to call us on 101.

“Owners of expensive scooters or motorbikes shouldn’t skimp on security, but buy the best possible security chain and alarm because they are easy vehicles to wheel off .

“Ideally we’d recommend they should be put in garages or sheds – out of sight, but if they are being left in back gardens then people should consider fitting a light or alarm that’s triggered if anyone comes in.”