THIS is the face of a man sought by police in connection with a vehicle crime that left a “trail of devastation and mayhem” behind.
A man went to hospital, seven cars were damaged and roads smashed by flying tools when an unlocked Ford Transit van was taken from the south end of Manor Road, Brimington, as Severn Trent staff carried out resurfacing.
One workman who chased and tried to retrieve the keys through the driver’s window was thrown off as the offender veered towards a car coming in the opposite direction. He suffered cuts and bruises.
But as the van continued a trailing jack hammer hit other vehicles and the road while equipment flew out. It ran into the back of another car after turning on to Cotterhill Lane, then went into a nearby housing estate, and was eventually found abandoned, and damaged, on an unadopted road at the back of King Street.
Police have released this E-fit image to help witnesses come forward and say a force helicopter was out for the incident at about 1pm on Tuesday March 29.
PC Mark Wheldon, of Chesterfield division, said: “This offender has had total disregard for people’s safety, leaving a trail of devastation and mayhem.
“There are many victims. The workman tried to be a hero and he’s been thrown off the car – he had”
The offender is described as a white male, aged 22-23, about 5ft 8in tall, muscular, wearing jeans and a white T-shirt. The van had the word Enterprise on the side and was a flat bed trawler van with a white cab.
Report information on 0345 123 3333.