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8 February 2011, 08:39
Police are appealing for information after approximately six tonnes of steel girders were stolen from a Hampshire trading estate.
It happeded some time between 9.30pm on Sunday, January 30 and 7am the following morning at Anopol (South) Ltd in Old Station Way, Bordon Trading Estate.
The offenders are believed to have had to move a company vehicle in order to allow their own vehicle access to the site. It is believed this vehicle was moved by hand and therefore means a number of offenders would have been involved.
The offenders are believed to have used a stolen vehicle to remove the girders. This is likely to be a DAF lorry stolen from Fareham which was blue and white with Phillips Removals written on it. This has since been recovered.
PC Alexander Stypulkowski, from the Alton targeted patrol team, said: “Although theft of metal items has been a problem in rural industrial sites, the size of this theft makes it very unusual.
“It must have taken a significant amount of time to load up the lorry which was a distinctive vehicle.
“Residents and also owners of industrial premises are advised to be conscious of security arrangements and are advised to lock valuables inside secure buildings.
“I am appealing for anyone who may have information regarding such items being in storage or offered for sale, as well as anyone with knowledge of the vehicle.”
Anyone with any information should contact PC Stypulkowski at Alton police station on 101, via the website at www.hampshire.police.uk/internet/contact/message_officer.htm
or call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.