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Tacographs, mirrors, grills and batteries among haul from yard
POLICE are hunting a gang who got away with £55,000 of lorry parts after raiding a HGV storage yard in Hampshire.
The thieves stole 20 tachographs, five mirror arms, ten top mirrors, ten bottom mirrors, 14 front grills and 100 batteries during the raid.
All the equipment was stripped from brand new and unregistered white Daf trucks’ stored on Adams Morey Ltd’s premises off Station Road in Nursling.
Company bosses fear they will end up thousands of pounds out of pocket after the theft.
The gang struck on Thursday night and CCTV footage captured a suspicious white van believed to have been linked with the thefts at the two compounds on the Crescent Industrial Estate.
Attempts were also made by the thieves to remove the rear lights on the vehicles.
Twenty side windows were smashed to gain access to tachographs inside the lorries.
Adams Morey’s managing director, Mike Fennell, said: “We bought 498 brand new Daf trucks of which 50 are stored on the Crescent Estate.
“We are going to build up the numbers stored there to around 120 as they come off the production line. They are being built in the UK and the Netherlands and the trucks started coming into us on October 1 and we’ve been putting them into storage and the batteries removed. Rather than do it piecemeal we do it all at once.
“We’d already sold the vehicles and the stolen parts were key parts of the trucks and it is going to cost us about £66,000 to replace them including labour.”
Mr Fennell said that the gang got in by cutting locks on the gates.
“We’ve had to spend serious cash on increasing security,” concluded Mr Fennell.
A Hampshire police spokesman said: “It is a very unusual theft and must have taken some organisation and it is likely to have involved several people.”
He added that a large white van, possibly a Ford Transit, is believed to have been used by the raiders who smashed locks on the gates of both compounds to get in.
“The suspect white van was first caught on CCTV in one compound at about 7.15pm and the same van was spotted in other compound at about 9.40pm on Thursday,” said the police spokesman.
Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Scott Larcombe at Romsey Police Station.
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