Four vans were stolen from delivery drivers and tradespeople in less than a week. The crimes involved a thief climbing in to an unlocked van, with keys inside.
The first took place on November 25 in Elmsall Way, South Elmsall, at around 3.10pm. A delivery man confronted a man who he had seen get into his van.
On November 30, around noon, a delivery driver in Saxon Mount, South Kirkby also saw a man get into his van. He jumped into the back as the thief drove away. The vehicle was abandoned in Brierley. A 26-year-old man from Stainforth was arrested and bailed in relation to the offence.
On December 1, a man carrying out work on a property in Mayors Walk, Pontefract, was pushed aside by a thief who drove off with his van at around 11.50am. A 25-year-old man from Thorne was arrested and bailed.
The latest offence took place on December 2 when a driver was emptying a load at Wakefield Road, Kinsley, at about 10.30am. The thief drove off with his van, which was later recovered near South Elmsall.
Anyone with information is asked to call Wakefield District CID on 101.