Burglars sought who left car smashed up and abandoned in middle of road in Rotherham

Blythe Avenue, Rawmarsh.
Blythe Avenue, Rawmarsh.
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Detectives are hunting burglars who stole a car and then crashed and abandoned it in the middle of the road.

Thieves are believed to have broken into a home in Piccadilly Road, Swinton, in the early hours of December 6 where they took a number of electrical items and the keys to a black Vauxhall Zafira parked on the drive.

South Yorkshire Police said the Zafira later smashed into a lamppost in Kilnhurst Road, between Kilnhurst and Rawmarsh, at about 6.40am and was left badly damaged.

The vehicle is believed to have left the scene and around 15 minutes later, at 6.55am, officers found it abandoned in the middle of Blyth Avenue, Rawmarsh.

A police spokeswoman said: "Witnesses report seeing a man wearing a red and black jacket carrying several bags in the Dale Road area shortly after the Zafira was abandoned.

"Officers are keen to speak with anyone who may have witnessed suspicious activity in the Piccadilly Road area on Tuesday morning, or anyone who may have witnessed the collision in Kilnhurst Road.

"If you saw the Zafira or anyone leaving the Zafira in Rawmarsh on Tuesday morning, police also want to hear from you."

Witnesses are asked to contact 101 or email enquiries@southyorks.pnn.police.uk quoting incident number 119 of 6 December 2016.

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