Carshalton couple devastated after caravan stolen in broad daylight
A 66-year-old man is devastated after his £10,000 caravan was stolen in broad daylight outside his home.
The caravan was taken just four days after Derick Ray and his wife returned after spending a month, their longest holiday yet in the caravan, in Devon.
The couple’s dreams of touring around the UK in the Abbey Impression 520 caravan have now been shattered following the theft on Thursday, October 10.
A neighbour saw the caravan being towed away from their home in Wendling Road, Carshalton, at 10.30am by a white Ford Transit van towards Westminster Road and towards Wrythe Lane. The caravan was not insured.
Mr Ray said: “My wife was physically sick when she found out and we both feel really sad it’s gone. We wanted to have lots of holidays in it because it’s a great way to see the country.
“We do have a tent to use but it’s not going to be quite the same.”
Mr Ray thinks the suspects had been in the area for a while and had seen him leave home that morning.
The awning was also taken
The thieves rang his doorbell to check if the house was empty but it was not working and Mr Ray’s wife, who is partially deaf, was in the back garden at the time of the theft. Their dog Jake, a six-year-old springer spaniel, does not bark.
Police circulated a description of the van as soon as it was stolen but they believe its number plate would have been quickly removed.
The four-berth van was in immaculate condition apart from a distinctive scratch on its nearside front handle.
The caravan also contained an awning, many of his wife’s clothes, water pumps and all the pots, pans and cutlery.
If you have any information about the caravan, contact Sutton police station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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