A VAN was broken into and allowed to roll down a Rubery road before items were stolen from it.

The incident happened in Maple Road at around 3.30am this morning, March 10.

The Renault Master white panel van was parked outside its owner’s house. The vehicle, believed to be insecure, was entered and the offender released the handbrake so it rolled down the road, coming to a rest about six houses away.

It was then searched and a Makita drill and Makita jigsaw were stolen.

The offender, described as an Asian or black man wearing dark clothing and a hat, drove off in a silver estate car that headed in the direction of Whetty Lane.

Police believe the incident could be linked to thefts from two other vehicles just a few streets away. These thefts happened between yesterday evening, (March 9), and this morning in Bilberry Drive.

A Suzuki and a Ssangyong Kyron parked on a driveway were entered and searched. A small amount of cash was stolen from each car.

Anyone with information, including witnesses who saw anything suspicious in Rubery in the early hours or the silver estate car making off, are asked to contact PC Matthew Brittain at West Mercia Police on non-emergency number 101, quoting incident 47-s-100314.

Alternatively ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.