Police in Bradford appeal for information over two thefts

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Police in Bradford are appealing for information in connection with two thefts of vehicles they think might be linked.

The first incident occurred on Thorn Street in Girlington on Wednesday morning at 11.50am. A mlikman had briefly left his black Nissan pickup truck unlocked as he went to collect money from a nearby garage.

On return, he witnessed a suspect standing near to his truck and spoke to him. The suspect then pushed the milkman to the ground, stole his keys, and drove the truck away.

The second incident occurred an hour later on Pasture Lane in Clayton around 12.50pm. A parcel courier had stopped and got out of his white Vauxhall Vivaro van when he was pushed over from behind. The van was driven off by the unseen suspect.

It was later found abandoned on West Lane in Thornton, and number of parcels and the van’s keys had been stolen. The keys were later recovered on nearby Allerton Lane.

A description has been given of a man police want to speak to. He’s been described as male, of asian or eastern European appearance, 5ft 8 inches tall, of stocky build, with short cropped hair. He was wearing a black jacket. He’s also been described as having a small head in proportion to his body.

Detective Inspector Ben McDonald from Bradford CID said: “We believe these two incidents could be linked owing to the way in which the vehicles were stolen, the area from which they were taken, and that they occurred just an hour apart.

“I am appealing to anyone who may have seen these thefts in progress as they happened in the middle of the day, or to anyone who may know who this suspect is to contact me on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”