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Thieves steal 10 cars worth £152,000 in two days in Lanarkshire

Thieves have stolen 10 cars worth £152,000 over just two days in Lanarkshire.

Vehicles including a Range Rover Sport, a Mini, Audi Q7, BMW Z4 and Jaguar XF Sport were taken between Wednesday night and Friday morning.

Many of the thefts were the result of raiders breaking into houses through back doors and windows to swipe keys.

Properties targeted have been in Moodiesburn, Stepps, Bothwell, East Kilbride, Wishaw and Coatbridge.

The Range Rover was stolen from the car park of the Hilton Hotel in Strathclyde Business Park after thieves forced open a locker inside the hotel and took the keys.

'Hidden away'

Police said they are at the "early stages" of their inquiry, but it is thought the thefts are linked.

Drivers are now being urged to take extra care when locking up their cars and homes.

Sgt Ross Aitken said: "I would like to remind householders to be mindful as to where they keep both their house and car keys, particularly overnight.

"Please do not leave them near your front or back doors or windows where thieves can easily see them and reach them.

"Please keep them hidden away. Don't give thieves a helping hand to steal your hard-earned possessions."

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