Mobiles Stolen From Hijacked Van
13 May 2011, 13:49 | Updated: 13 May 2011, 13:53
Police investigating the robbery of a delivery van in Hatfield are appealing for witnesses and information.
The incident took place at approximately 6.20pm on Tuesday, May 10, when a yellow City Link van was driving along Comet Way towards Hatfield, having just left the A1M slip road.
A white Vauxhall Insignia VXR over-took the City Link van and slowed to a stop, causing the van to also come to a halt. Two offenders got out of the Vauxhall and forced their way into the City Link van.
One of the offenders pushed the driver out of his seat and drove off with him in the van, along with the other offender. The Vauxhall, which followed behind, is believed to have been driven by a third offender.
The City Link van was driven to Porters Park in Shenley, Borehamwood, where the offenders unloaded its contents. The offenders then drove off, leaving the City Link van and its driver at the scene. The driver of the van was not injured as a result of this incident.
It is believed that both vehicles travelled along the A1M and M25 before they arrived at Porters Park.
The offenders stole a number of mobile phones including iPhones, Blackberrys and Nokias from the City Link van.
The first offender was described as a white man of medium build, who had covered his face.
The second offender was described as a white man wearing a form of snood to cover his face.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Andy Boyer, said: “This was a distressing incident for the victim to go through and, despite being shaken, I am pleased to say he was not injured.
“We are doing everything we can to find those responsible for this crime and are currently following a line of inquiry that the incident could have been targeted.
“I am appealing for anyone who was in the area of Comet Way when the incident took place and saw anything suspicious to get in contact. I’d also like to hear from anyone who may have seen the vehicles travelling along the road from Hatfield to Shenley, or who saw anyone acting suspiciously in Porters Park.
He added: “In addition to this, I’d like to speak to anyone from the local areas that may have been offered an iPhone, Nokia or Blackberry mobile for sale. Any information you provide, no matter how insignificant it may seem, could help us to bring those responsible for this crime to justice.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Boyer or Detective Sergeant Paul Rodgers on the non-emergency number 0845 3300 222 citing crime reference number B2/11/1669. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.