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Taxi theft: £400 of electrical equipment stolen from driver's car
A TAXI driver woke up to find £400 worth of equipment had been stolen from his car.
Thieves broke into Ashley Miller’s Peugeot taxi while it was parked on his driveway during the night and stole a £300 personal digital assistant (PDA) and his £100 sat nav.
“They managed to force the driver’s window down,” Ashley said.
“It must’ve been done very quietly because I’ve got a Staffordshire bull terrier that barks at anything.”
Ashley is chairman of the Bournemouth Station Taxi Association and works from the rank there.
His taxi seats seven passengers and he is an owner-driver who rents out his vehicle.
Another driver had been using the Peugeot Expert EuroCab on Thursday night before the break in outside Ashley’s home in Windham Road in Springbourne.
The PDA device is used to receive information about jobs from taxi firms.
Ashley is paying to have that replaced and is spending £150 on his next sat nav.
He said: “The PDA is worth nothing to anybody else and the SIM card has been cancelled.
“But I’ve got to part with £300 for a new one and I’m waiting to hear about the insurance.
“When I saw the break-in I felt like just selling the taxi and going on the dole like all those that go around stealing things.”
Ashley called for more CCTV cameras to be introduced in Springbourne.
He said: “I’ve lived here for 25 years and it’s gone downhill in the last five years.”
A Dorset Police spokesman confirmed they are investigating the break-in and any witnesses or anyone with information can call 101.