Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a series of heating oil thefts in Banburyshire.
Officers are investigating 17 offences in the Banbury and Bicester rural areas since October. Fuel has been taken from residents’ oil tanks in all of the incidents.
Three incidents happened in Duns Tew, with the first happening between midnight on October 11 and 5.30pm on January 30 in Dashwood Rise. The second incident was in Main Street at about 11am on Christmas Eve and the third incident happened between 5pm on January 5 and noon on January 12 in Main Street.
One incident happened in Upper Tadmarton between 5pm on November 26 and 1pm on November 29, and another incident between 11.30pm on February 20 and 7am on February 21 was in Milton Gated Road, Deddington. Officers are linking the incidents.
Sergeant Becky Fishwick, of the Banbury and Bicester Rural Neighbourhood Team, said: “The local neighbourhood policing team is currently completing lines of enquiries to try to identify those responsible.
“We would urge residents to put locks on their heating oil tanks and, where possible, keep any access gates to gardens locked and secure.
“If you have witnessed any suspicious activity in your villages we would like to hear from you by calling 101 or emailing the Bicester or Banbury rural teams directly on BanburyruralNHPT@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk or BicesterruralNHPT@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk”