High-speed chase with stolen merc
Second car taken from new Baillieston estate
A concerned dad says his children have been left terrified following a breakin at his home.
Thieves made their way into the property on Craigs wood Crescent , Baillieston, through its back doors in the early hours of last Thursday morning and swiped car keys and cash before driving off in David Murray’s Mercedes.
But David, 32, was able to trace the vehicle and report its location to police two days later thanks to an app on his phone.
They pursued the Mercedes in Cumbernauld and following a high-speed chase that also involved a police helicopter, the car was dumped in a driveway.
Officers were able to arrest the passenger in the car but the driver ran off and remains at large.
David told the Advertiser: “I woke up for work as usual at about 4am on Thursday and saw the car was gone.
“I shouted up to my partner to see if she knew where the car was and then saw the cupboard door was open and my car keys and some money were missing.
“I called the police and they told us the thieves had come in through the French doors at the back of the house.
“It’s a new-build estate we live on; a house at the top of the street has CCTV and we were able to see footage of the car being driven away.
“We then discovered that a neighbour had their car stolen two days earlier at roughly the same time.
“The police were telling us it might be difficult for them to find our car but I spoke to someone at Mercedes and they said all of these type of cars have a sim card inside which can be activated using an app.
“I got the app up and running at the weekend and it pinged on Sunday, saying the car was in Cumbernauld.
“I called the police and they traced the car and later told me the driver had been driving like a lunatic.
“A police helicopter got involved and the car was eventually dumped in a driveway and the driver got away by running off.
“The police still have the car in storage to carry out forensics but from what I could see the two front tyres were blown out and the front bumper was damaged.”
David is in the process of improving security measures at his home but the break- in has had a lasting effect on his two children and others in the neighbourhood.
He said: “My kids were upstairs in bed at the time of the breakin and my little girl has been left terrified by the whole experience.
“A lot of children in the street are worried and have been telling their parents to make sure their doors are locked at night.
“I was walking along the street on Friday and saw a few people getting alarms and CCTV installed, and we’re getting an alarm put in later this week. “This type of robbery seems to be more common these days and people have to be careful and look after their properties.”
David added: “I’d like to use what happened to me as a chance to highlight these sim card-activated apps as I don’t think many people are aware of them.
“If you have your car stolen then it’s definitely worth looking into whether it has this device as it could help you retrace the vehicle.”
The break-in at David’s home is just the latest in a spate of burglaries across Airdrie and Coatbridge in recent weeks and Inspector Louise Brownlie repeated her warning for locals to be on their guard.
She said: “Often these type of offences are committed during daylight hours and we are asking residents to remember that opportunists won’t always wait until it is dark before attempting to break into their properties.
“Don’t give these criminals the chance to strike.
“Please move any of your valuables away from direct sight of doors and windows.
“You should also lock your doors securely, wherever possible, during the day to ensure that you don’t have any unwanted visitors stealing from your property.”
I was walking along the street and saw a few people getting alarms and CCTV
appeal Inspector Brownlie warned locals to be on their guard
theft David’s car was stolen during the early hours of last Thursday