Trailer thieves take the biscuit
20 October 2012
BISCUIT buyers are being asked to keep an eye out for hooky ginger nuts and shortcakes after 12 grand’s worth were stolen from a yard in Bloxwich.
Three men raided a secure unit on Leamore Enterprise Park in the early hours of 13 August, cutting the chain off the gates and hooking the trailer to a lorry tractor unit, before driving off with their stash.
It is thought some of the biscuits, which are only distributed through specific supermarkets, could have made their way onto market stalls or car boots across the Midlands.
Officers are now urging anyone who has any knowledge about where the biscuits may have been distributed to get in touch as soon as possible.
Detective Constable Nicky Harrison, from Walsall Police, explained: “Most of the biscuits on the trailer were made by Fox’s, which are widely available, but a number of pallets contained ginger nuts and shortcakes made by Elkes – only available at supermarkets.
“If anyone has seen these Elkes biscuits being distributed through informal channels, then I would like to hear from them, as they could have crucial information to help us catch the perpetrators.
“This was a high-value theft which has cost the haulage company tens of thousands of pounds and while offences committed against businesses are often perceived as victimless crimes, the fact is that at a time of economic austerity, the impact on the wider community is huge.”
Officers believe the lorry tractor unit used to steal the trailer may have been stolen earlier that morning from Middleton Paper in Bescot Crescent. It would have been red with a white stripe and six wheels.
DC Harrison added: “I want to hear from anyone who has seen the biscuits or the stolen lorry between the time of the offence and now.”
Anyone with information should call Walsall Police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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