Stolen 4x4 used in ram-raid on tool-hire cen­tre

Hinckley Times - - NEWS - ADRIAN TROUGHTON hinck­ley­times@reach­

THIEVES ram-raided a Le­ices­ter­shire tool-hire store us­ing a stolen 4x4.

The gang used three ve­hi­cles in the raid at the Plan­tool Hire Cen­tre Lut­ter­worth at 5.20am on Wed­nes­day last week, mak­ing off thou­sands of pounds worth of tools.

A stolen Mit­subishi Shogun was used to smash into the Le­ices­ter Road store, which suf­fered ex­ten­sive dam­age.

The 4x4, which had been stolen in Le­ices­ter, was aban­doned after it col­lided with a car driven by a mem- ber of the pub­lic.

A po­lice spokesman said: “A Mit­subishi Shogun was used to smash the win­dow of a build­ing and en­ter the premises. It’s be­lieved the Shogun was stolen overnight from Le­ices­ter.

“It was left at the scene after it was in­volved in a col­li­sion with a car be­long­ing to a mem­ber of the pub­lic. No one was in­jured in the col­li­sion.

“The sus­pects made off in two other ve­hi­cles, a Ford Fo­cus and a Tran­sit van.

“Tools were stolen dur­ing the in­ci­dent. In­quiries are in the early stages and of­fi­cers are con­tin­u­ing their in­ves­ti­ga­tions at the scene.

“We would urge any­one who may have wit­nessed the in­ci­dent to get in touch. Did you see three ve­hi­cles ap­proach­ing the area or two ve­hi­cles driv­ing away dur­ing the early hours of this morn­ing? If so please con­tact us.”

Ac­cord­ing to Plan­tool’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Ben Jones, be­tween £20,000 to £25,000 worth of tools were taken in the raid – which caused about £15,000 of dam­age to the build­ing and a fur­ther £12,000 of dam­age to equip­ment in­side. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should con­tact the po­lice on 101. The in­ci­dent hap­pened on Oc­to­ber 3.

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