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Police hunt East Lancashire petrol thieves
10:15pm Friday 1st March 2013 in News
PETROL thieves and shoplifters are among a string of people being hunted by police.
Detectives today released CCTV images of the people they want to speak to in connection with a number of crimes.
All of the offences took place during February in Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale Two petrol drive-offs included one at Asda in Corporation Street, Colne at 6.45pm on Thursday, February 7.
Police said the offender drove onto the forecourt in a blue Subaru Impreza believed to have false number plates.
They filled the vehicle with £36.80 of unleaded fuel before attempting to pay with a Halifax visa debit card which was declined.
The suspect apologised, giving the cashier a name, address and contact number but did not return to pay for goods.
A second theft happened at the Shell service station in Market Street, Bacup at 8.47pm on February 2.
The men were in a silver vehicle, again believed to have had false number plates.
The vehicle was filled with £34.87 of unleaded fuel before the garage assistant became suspicious and switched the pump off.
The passenger made a rude gesture to the assistant and they drove off without paying.
A shoplifting incident was caught on camera at the Co-operative store in Irwell Street, Bacup at 11.55am on February 21.
Officers said someone placed groceries including meat into a supermarket basket and ran from the store chased by staff but escaped.
Another shop theft happened at Londis, Birch Avenue, Haslingden at 1.35pm on February 16 where the suspect took cider from shelf and placed a jar of coffee in a shoulder bag.
Criminal damage was caused on Pendle Street in Padiham in the early hours of February 2.
The suspects threw a small rock at the rear living room window of a terraced house before running off.
A spokesman for Lancashire Police said they were keen to hear from anyone with information about any of the crimes.
Contact police on 101.