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Audis in Marlow driveways being targeted by burglars using fishing rods
A HUNT is under way to catch criminals who have been trying to steal sports cars worth as much as £83,000 from the driveways of Marlow homes.
Police have warned owners of other high value cars to be extra vigilant as they seek out would be thieves who have twice attempted to steal Audis from driveways recently.
Burglars are attempting to take car keys through letter boxes and windows using fishing rods.
Detectives say they are deep into an investigation to find the culprits and are confident of making arrests soon.
Inspector Scott Messenger, based at Marlow Police Station, said: "We've had some attempts recently. What we tend to find is that when people leave their keys in the hall and people will go down the side of the house, look through a window and see there is a set of car keys."
The two attempted thefts were of Audi RS models - which according to the manufacturer's website sell for as much as £83,000.
Insp. Messenger said: "They're obviously targeting houses that have got prestige cars on the drive. "It is really well organised.
"They will then use twigs, sticks, fishing rods, anything."
Police said the criminals target these vehicles to help them travel around an area quickly to commit other offences and also want cars such as Audis as a badge of honour.
Insp. Messenger said: "What we've found not recently, but last year when I was in charge of the department, they're so targeted to the extent where people were leaving other high end items in situ. They were leaving iphones, laptops, cash, literally just taking the car keys and going because the cars were being stolen to order. It's very well organised.
"These kind of offences tend to be travelling criminals more than anyone else."
Officers have pledged to crackdown on burglars and announced this week in a separate spate of crimes two arrests have been made.
Two men from Slough and Cookham appeared at Wycombe Magistrates Court last Friday and were both remanded to prison.
They were brought in after burglaries in Oak Tree Road, Oak tree Close and Marlow Bottom Road between September 30 and October 2.
DS Robin Hughes from CID at High Wycombe said: "I'd like to thank the people of Marlow for their continued vigilance and vital calls to the police.
"I also want to reinforce that my pro-active burglary team will leave no stone unturned to arrest and convict persons thinking about committing burglary in the Thames Valley police area."
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