Police issue urgent warning after thieves burn through doors to get car keys in West Yorkshire

Police have issued an urgent warning after reports of thieves burning through doors to get to car keys in West Yorkshire.

Thursday, 6th May 2021, 4:45 pm

West Yorkshire Police – Wakefield City and North West said a car was stolen in Kettlehorpe during daylight.

An Audi SQ2 QUattro was stolen after thieves burnt a hole in the side door of a house.

This enable the thieves to reach in and unlock the door with the keys which were in the inside of the lock, police said.

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West Yorkshire Police – Wakefield City and North West made the appeal

Once inside, they grabbed the keys and fled in the Audi.

The home owners were working from home at the time but never heard or saw anything.

Police warned residents to keep doors locked and remove keys from an accessible position.

In a Facebook warning, police said: "An Audi SQ2 Quattro was stolen during daytime hours from Kettlethorpe yesterday.

"The thieves burnt a hole in the side door of the house enabling them to reach in and unlock the door with the keys which were in the inside of the lock. Once inside the property they removed the car keys and made off with the Audi. The home owners were working from home - upstairs- at the time of the burglary and never saw or heard anything.

"Please be aware that leaving your keys in the lock is tempting to some thieves. Always lock your door during the day, even when you are in, and remove the keys from the lock and place them safely out of view."