Police admit thousands of pounds worth of theft including uniforms and lawn mower

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Red-faced police have admitted that thieves stole thousands of pounds worth of force equipment last year – including two full uniforms and a lawn mower.

Cambridgeshire Constabulary have also had five bikes, three sat navs, a laptop, car keys, fuel card and a £25 ”water sports kit” pilfered in the past 12 months.

The figures, released under the Freedom of Information Act, show the £800 mower was never found but one of two uniforms stolen has since been recovered.

Six sat-navs used in sting operations as ”bait” in trap cars were also listed as stolen property, with three of the devices worth a total £420 never being found.

Nine bicycles placed around Cambridge and used as ”bait” to catch bike thieves, were also stolen and later recovered.

However, five trap mountain bikes worth a total of £1,399 were stolen while being used as as ”bait” and never recovered.

Cambridgeshire Constabulary said the data did not show whether the officers who had become victims of crime were on or off duty at the time they were victims.

A police spokeswoman said: ”In the majority of cases these stolen items were part of undercover police tactics.

”Nine of the trap bikes left placed in areas of Cambridge were recovered and the offenders arrested.”

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