Thief snatches keys to car parked on Barnsley street

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A burglar snatched a set of car keys from a Barnsley home – before making off with the vehicle parked outside.

The silver Vauxhall Astra was parked on Ollerton Road, Athersley North, Barnsley.

Police said the thief who drove off in the vehicle – between 10.30pm on Saturday, January 11 and 1am the following day – smashed the side window of the house it was parked outside to get the keys from a window sill.

The vehicle was recovered later, on nearby Bramah Street, Carlton, Barnsley.

A police investigation into the theft is now under way.

A South Yorkshire Police sopkeswoman said: “We urge motorists to ensure keys and other valuables are kept out of the view and reach of criminals.”