09:37 Saturday 28 December 2013

Appeal after abandoned truck is involved in ram raid


POLICE have released further information on how a truck was found abandoned in Hilton after it was involved in a ram raid.

Derbyshire police, jointly operating with Nottingham police, are now hunting three criminals who used a stolen pick up truck to burgle an agricultural dealership, and officers have now released CCTV images of the truck before it was abandoned.

Thieves stole the white Ford Ranger with registration number CX07 WCL, from Lowdham Road, Gunthorpe, Nottingham, during the early hours of Saturday, December 14 into Sunday, December 15.

The vehicle was then used to break into the Farmstar depot in Hawton Lane, Newark, Nottingham, around 7pm on Sunday, December 15, where the suspects were captured on CCTV.

The Ford Ranger was driven at shutters, forcing entry, and allowing the offenders inside. Agricultural equipment worth around £4,000, including chainsaws and hedge trimmers were stolen. It was then driven away towards Bowbridge Road, Newark.

Around 8.50pm the same vehicle was used at a break-in at Uttoxeter Garden Machinery, Uttoxeter, from where it left the scene with a dark-coloured Porsche, before hitting a lamppost in Hilton.

The suspects abandoned the pick up truck and drove away in the Porsche, and police are hoping someone may have seen this.

A police spokesman said: “We know that at least ten vehicles drove by Farmstar as the burglary was happening, and while a small amount of these people have contacted us, there are others who we would urge to get in touch.”

Anyone who recognises the men in the CCTV or with any information about those responsible is asked to contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101 quoting incident 756 of December 15 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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