A STARTLED Solihull woman has told of her upset at a drive-by wheelie bin theft.
Wendy Blackburn, of Huxbey Drive, said her bin was stolen from the kerb outside her home at around 7.30am on a Saturday morning (January 9).
She said she wanted to warn other residents of the risk of identity theft.
“I didn’t see anything as the road is quite a way from the house, but the gentleman up the road spied a white Transit van slowly driving down the road with its door open and the whole bin was lifted in,” Wendy said.
“I can’t think why they could want it, but I was worried about identity theft.
“I don’t think there was any paper in it, I know it should go in the recycling, but with the best will in the world some paper may have been in it, and I was so worried that I cancelled some cards.
“My son had some student finance documents in there so he had to make some calls too.”
West Midlands Police continue their enquiries into the theft and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council have been informed, a police spokeswoman said.
Wendy added: “I was really upset and my daughter was too. You don’t expect it too happen - it’s quite a worry.”
If a wheelie bin is reported stolen to Solihull Council, a replacement will be delivered, at no cost to the resident, within five working days.
The council were unable to confirm the number of wheelie bins that have been stolen in the past six months.
A spokesman said: “Due to the fact that the roll out exercise was only completed in December, a report has not been conducted.”