Fingerprint clue to attempted theft

PUBLISHED: 08:01 02 July 2008 | UPDATED: 22:00 15 June 2010

SCENE of crime officers have taken away part of a car's steering column after a fingerprint was found in the wake of an attempted theft.

SCENE of crime officers have taken away part of a car's steering column after a fingerprint was found in the wake of an attempted theft.Wannabe thieves targeted a blue Maestro, parked in King Street, Honiton, overnight last Tuesday.Victim Martin Farrant, of Acorn Stained Glass, said: "It was an obvious attempt to steal the car. There was no damage on the outside, but the steering column was broken. All the damage was in the inside of the car."Whoever targeted the vehicle left the brake off, possibly after failing to start the car, meaning it rolled into a nearby vehicle.Mr Farrant says he is pleased that he fitted an immobilser, but is disappointed damage has been caused to a neighbour's car.

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