Na­tional ap­peal over £100,000 cars theft

Po­lice say high-per­for­mance ve­hi­cles should stand out

The Press and Journal (Inverness) - - NEWS - BY JOSHUA KING

De­tec­tives in­ves­ti­gat­ing the theft of a trio of high­per­for­mance cars worth more than £100,000 have is­sued a na­tion-wide ap­peal af­ter sev­eral sight­ings were re­ported.

A to­tal of three Sierra RS Cos­worths were taken from the Buchan vil­lage of Long­side ear­lier this month in what is un­der­stood to have been a tar­geted raid.

One of the clas­sic ma­chines has been re­cov­ered but two oth­ers re­main un­ac­counted for.

Now of­fi­cers have widened their in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter an ear­lier ap­peal sparked sev­eral pos­si­ble sight­ings across the coun­try.

Peo­ple re­ported see­ing what might be the miss­ing ve­hi­cles in lo­ca­tions in­clud­ing Locker­bie, Fochabers and El­gin.

One is a mod­i­fied moon­stone blue model with gold al­loys - reg­is­tra­tion D341 JHW - and a rare black RS500 model with no mod­i­fi­ca­tions, reg­is­tra­tion E203 APU.

De­tec­tive Con­sta­ble Richard Cooper, who is lead­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, said: “Th­ese are not run-of-the-mill cars and would at­tract at­ten­tion if sold on­line or through col­lec­tors, in par­tic­u­lar the black ver­sion of which only a lim­ited num­ber have ever been made.

“We have been li­ais­ing with other Po­lice Scot­land di­vi­sions and other UK forces dur­ing our in­quiries so far, how­ever would ask that the pub­lic also as­sist us and let us know if you have in­for­ma­tion which could help.

“We also can’t rule out that the ve­hi­cles have been sold for parts, how­ever th­ese parts should still be iden­ti­fi­able to col­lec­tors or clas­sic car en­thu­si­asts.”

DC Cooper said the orig­i­nal ap­peal at­tracted “a great deal of sup­port” from the pub­lic.

“Given the rar­ity of the mod­els in ques­tion, we can’t rule out that th­ese ve­hi­cles were stolen to or­der,” he added.

“I would ask any­one with in­for­ma­tion to call po­lice on 101 or Crimestop­pers on 0800 555111 if you would pre­fer to re­main anony­mous.”

Last night owner Stephen Mor­gan said: “It’s very pos­i­tive there have been lots of sight­ings. The sup­port has been great.”

The thieves, who may have been watch­ing Mr Mor­gan’s house while he was away, stole keys from his home and made off with the cars.

But de­spite smash­ing into the prop­erty there were no wit­nesses to the rob­bery and it is un­known how the gang re­moved the cars. It is un­der­stood very lit­tle fuel was kept in any of the ve­hi­cles, one of which would have needed to be “jump started”.

The raid hap­pened overnight be­tween Fri­day, July 14 and Sat­ur­day, July 15.

“Th­ese are not run-of-the-mill cars and would at­tract at­ten­tion if sold on­line”

RARE CARS: One of the three Sierra RS Cos­worths stolen from Long­side ear­lier this month in what is un­der­stood to have been a tar­geted raid

There have been sev­eral sight­ings of the stolen cars

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