£70,000 worth of alcohol stolen from haulage firm
Published on 18 November 2013
A haulage firm in the UK has had £70,000 worth of alcohol stolen from its premises.
According to police, the burglary took place over the weekend of November 1st-3rd at the small family-run operation in Tewitfield, near Carnforth.
The thieves made their way into a haulage yard along an isolated rural road and forced open a secure metal roller-shutter door to the warehouse. They then removed a pallet full of boxed spirits from an unhitched trailer before targeting another unhitched refrigerated trailer in the yard.
The burglars are believed to have removed the items from the yard through a neighbouring field, having broken down a small fence.
The stolen alcohol included 1,314 litre bottles of Gordon’s gin, 912 71ml bottles and 120 500ml bottles of Baileys, 744 litre bottles of Bell’s original whisky and 540 litre bottles of Smirnoff blue vodka.
According to DC Jill Neil, from Lancaster CID: “I would appeal to anybody with any information about this burglary or the whereabouts of this alcohol to contact police. The alcohol is distinctive, as it is in plastic bottles and was intended to be dropped off at Manchester Airport for duty-free sale.
“The premises have clearly been deliberately targeted and those responsible would have to have been on site for some time to facilitate this burglary. We believe a vehicle will have been parked at the point where the fence was broken down so I’d be particularly keen to speak with anyone that might have seen a vehicle parked at this location.”