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210316 | Reports people in fake Cormac van tried to steal dogs at Hayle beach car park


Reports people in fake Cormac van tried to steal dogs at Hayle beach car park

Cornwall Council's contractor Cormac has said the van has nothing to do with it and has shared a warning


A warning has gone out after reports a Cormac-branded van is being used in relation to possible dog thefts. Cornwall Council contractor Cormac tweeted the warning adding that the van in question is nothing to do with it.

The warning states as follows: “We have had reports of a Cormac branded white van at Hayle beach car park in search of dogs to steal.

“They have been tying cable ties to cars or houses that contain dogs they want. This is not us!

“Please report any suspicious behaviour to the police.”

Cormac says it received the reports on Monday and Tuesday of this week.

It comes just a month after Devon and Cornwall Police issued a warning to dog owners after reports elsewhere of a new tactic employed by dog thieves. It was reported that the dog-nappers were driving around in a white van with fake RSPCA stickers and branding.

After then approaching the victims, they attempted to remove their dogs stating that their dog matches a description of a stolen dog.

Officers from Torpoint police shared the warning on their Facebook page, reminding people that legitimate RSPCA officers will always carry ID on them and would never remove a dog like that.

Anyone who may come across dog thieves are asked to report it immediately on 101 with as much detail as possible including vehicle registration of the van being used and that if any doubt regarding the identity of the person at the door claiming to be from the RSPCA to call the charity on 0300 1234 999.

Devon and Cornwall Police has been approached for comment regarding the Cormac claims.