Man caught after stealing car from Middlewood Road GP practice car park in Sheffield

A man aged 28 has admitted stealing a car from a Sheffield GPs surgery car park on Monday.
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Shane Trueman, from Thurnscoe, of no fixed abode, appeared before Barnsley Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (October 13) charged with handling stolen goods, driving whilst disqualified and theft. He pleaded guilty to all three offences.

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On Monday (October 10), a white Ford Fiesta was stolen from outside the doctor’s surgery on Middlewood Road, Sheffield. The vehicle was locked and secure, but CCTV showed Trueman loitering in the car park before opening the boot, taking the vehicle and driving off at speed.

A man aged 28 has admitted stealing a car from a GPs surgery car park on Middlewood Road, on Monday. Police stock pic Frank Reid JPI MediaA man aged 28 has admitted stealing a car from a GPs surgery car park on Middlewood Road, on Monday. Police stock pic Frank Reid JPI Media
A man aged 28 has admitted stealing a car from a GPs surgery car park on Middlewood Road, on Monday. Police stock pic Frank Reid JPI Media
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In the early hours of Wednesday (12 October) the stolen Fiesta was spotted by officers in Thurnscoe. Trueman was arrested within metres of the open driver’s door. He was also arrested on suspicion of shoplifting, after a petrol station shop was targeted the previous day. Trueman stole alcoholic drinks and food.

Trueman has been bailed and will appear before Barnsley Magistrates’ Court again on November 14 to be sentenced.

Police have now warned that there has been a rise in certain types of car theft across South Yorkshire recently, and have urged people to take action to secure their cars to prevent thieves being able to get inside.

A Sourh Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “Officers are aware that there has been an increase in reports of keyless vehicles being stolen across South Yorkshire. Please consider investing in a steering wheel or handbrake lock to further deter would-be thieves from targeting your vehicle.”