£500 reward offered following theft of car and contents in York

21 May 2013

PoliceA £500 reward is being offered following the theft of a Mini in York which contained luggage, clothing, personal items and art equipment.

The metallic grey Mini Cooper was stolen from the driveway of the victim’s home in Dringhouses, as he prepared to leave for a holiday at around 2.30pm on Good Friday, 29 March 2013.

The car was later recovered in Darwin Close, Huntington, York, and has now been returned to the owner. However, the personal belongings have not been found.

The owner is now offering a cash reward of £500 to anyone who has any information that will lead to the arrest and charge of the people responsible.

Detective Constable Alan Williams of York CID, said:

This was an opportunist and audacious crime which has resulted in the loss of many personal items that cannot be replaced.

The stolen luggage was packed with numerous items of clothing and art equipment which included pastels, oil paints, pencils, drawing inks and sketchbooks. Also stolen was an Apple Mac lap-top computer in a black nylon case and electronic accessories, a briefcase in black nylon and many other belongings of a personal nature.

I’m appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the metallic grey Mini Cooper being unloaded over the Easter weekend, or has any information about the theft or the current whereabouts of the stolen belongings, including the art equipment, to contact York CID without delay.

The stolen items include

  • A large white holdall with the name Schnieders Team in green lettering on the side with purple and red trim containing clothing and bedding
  • Two large black holdalls, one being a Mulberry bag in black nylon with the Mulberry name in the weave with brown leather trim and handles – both containing clothing
  • A brown canvas shoulder bag and a black pilot’s briefcase containing a variety of artist’s equipment
  • A green plastic bag containing artist’s sketch books.
  • A black nylon briefcase containing phone chargers and spectacles
  • A black nylon briefcase containing an Apple Mac 15″ ibook lap-top computer
  • Several shopping bags containing food stuffs and giftware


Anyone with any information, please call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for York CID, or you can email yorkCID@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk




If you prefer to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.




Please quote reference 12130049952 when passing on information about this investigation.


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