POLICE are appealing for information after copper piping was stolen from a house in Bolsover.
The incident happened in the early hours of the morning on Friday, 19th April.
Around 30ft of piping, and also some electrical cable, was taken from the front of a property on Shuttlewood Road.
The home owner was woken up by a noise outside his property at around 5am and discovered the gas meter had been turned off and piping had been cut, leaving them without a gas or electricity supply.
Two people, both wearing hooded tops, were seen heading in the direction of Shuttlewood. One offender is described as wearing a black and red top.
Community Safety Inspector Russ Dakin said: “The area did suffer from a few of these types of crimes in January, but this is the latest incident to have happened.“Stealing gas pipes can be very dangerous, putting homeowners, nearby residents and even the offenders themselves at risk. Officers are carrying out enquiries to find those responsible but we would appeal for anyone with information to contact us, or to get in touch if they notice anything suspicious.”
Insp Dakin added: “Installing security lighting, restricting access to properties through secure gates and security marking piping and other metal around homes can help reduce the risk of a thief targeting your property.”
Any witnesses, or anyone with information about the incident, should contact Derbyshire police on 101, the non emergency number.
Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.