Thirty-nine Audi cars parked in the Force area have had their front windows smashed and glove boxes searched.
The offences have occurred in numerous locations across Leicestershire and Rutland including Blaby, Kibworth, Harborough, Lutterworth, Ketton, Broughton Astley, Gilmorton, Great Bowden and Great Glen areas.
A 23-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incidents and is currently in police custody.
Detective Sergeant 1570 Steven Hutchings is leading the investigation, he said:
“While we have made an arrest, investigations are still ongoing.
“Although we can’t say for certain at this stage we are looking into the possibility that the incidents may be linked, one line of enquiry that we are looking into is that the Audi’s may have been deliberately targeted to obtain an emergency key which can sometime be found in the glove box.
“From enquiries we’ve conducted so far we believe the suspects may have been driving a black Audi Estate, if you saw a similar vehicle driving off at speed or if you have any information which can assist with the investigation please contact us.
“We are advising owners of Audi vehicles to check their glove compartments and remove any emergency keys. If you have concerns about this and accessing the key please contact your local Audi supplier who will be able to advise you.”
A spokesperson for Audi UK, said:
“Audi is absolutely committed to setting the very highest standards for security, and the fact that its cars have consistently achieved top ratings for theft of and theft from protection in Thatcham’s British Insurance Vehicle Security Awards bears testament to this commitment.
However, no vehicle is immovable if its key is accessible, so we advise all drivers never to leave spare sets in their cars.
Audi UK is currently assisting Leicestershire Police with its enquiries relating to the break-ins in this area.”
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