Alert af­ter cam­era gear worth £198,000 stolen

Middleton Guardian - - FRONT PAGE -

PO­LICE are warn­ing pho­tog­ra­phy en­thu­si­asts to be on their guard for of­fers of cheap cam­era equip­ment af­ter a high value bur­glary.

Thieves broke into a store on Town­ley Street, Mid­dle­ton and stole items in­clud­ing video cam­eras, light­ing pan­els, cam­era lenses, a tri­pod and bat­ter­ies to­gether worth £198,000.

It is un­cer­tain when the raid took place as the vic­tim was away from the shop but it was some time be­tween April 17 and May 4.

The vic­tim had re­turned to the premises to find them ran­sacked.

Po­lice be­lieve those re­spon­si­ble will be try­ing to off-load the equip­ment, pos­si­bly at knocked down prices.

Of­fi­cers have ap­pealed for wit­nesses to come for­ward and any­one who has re­cently bought cheap cam­era equip­ment.

Po­lice Con­sta­ble Kyle Chad­wick, from Rochdale po­lice, said: “A man’s liveli­hood has been dam­aged be­cause of these thieves.

“I urge you to get in touch if you have been of­fered or sold cam­era equip­ment in the area as you may be able to help us catch who­ever did this.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact po­lice on 856 8701 quot­ing in­ci­dent num­ber 575 04/05/17 or Crimes­top­pers anony­mously on 0800 555 111.

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