10:07 Tuesday 03 December 2013

Tractor firm victim in £5,000 tool raid

Written byJOANNA CRAIG

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WORKERS at a Sudbury tractor firm were left in shock as thieves took thousands of pounds worth of power tools in a night-time raid.

Thieves made off with a fork-lift JCB from Needwood Sawmill, in Wood Yard, Six Lane End and used the stolen vehicle to ram-raid Rea Valley Tractors Limited and take £5,000 worth of Stihl power tools.

Police were called to Rea Valley Tractors Limited, in Ashacres Industrial Park near Sudbury at 2.02am on Thursday to reports of a JCB which had been driven through the doors of a showroom.

The firm located just off the A515, which sells tractor parts and tools, was looted of hedge cutters, leaf blowers and chainsaws.

Mark Burton, parts manager at Rea Valley Tractors said: “The break-in happened during the night on Thursday, we’re not sure what time exactly but it was before ten to two as this is when our delivery arrives.

“They broke down the left hand shutters and smashed through the glass doors with the vehicle they have stolen from the wood mill up the road.

“The mess was awful and we’re feeling shocked that it’s happened, but it’s not the first time we’ve had a break-in.

“To get the call again is such a shock.

“We will be stepping up our security measures but I don’t think we will catch the criminals this time.”

A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: “The JCB was stolen from Needwood Sawmill.

“They drove it for approximately one mile, got into the tractor firm through some metal gates, entered the yard and smashed the door with the JCB.

“There was damage to the front doors and metal roller shutter behind it.

“No arrests have been made yet and the investigation is on-going.

“Items stolen include various Stihl power tools worth over £5,000, including hedge cutters, leaf blowers and saws.

“A child’s plastic tractor trailer was also stolen.”

Anyone who witnesses suspicious activity in the area, or who is offered such items for sale, is urged to contact officers.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Richard Boulter at Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 35 of November 29.

Alternatively, they can contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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