Crime gang steal £40,000 in stock and tools from business units

Business owners angry after raids at Colchester units

Business owners angry after raids at Colchester units

First published in News

A GANG stole £40,000 of stock and tools from business units.

Burglars broke through the gates at the Angora Business Park, in Peartree Road, Colchester.

They then broke into BHP Motorsport, Piccolo Moto, Elms Personal Fitness and Signace Signmakers and loaded the loot into a Renault Scenic and a Citroen van.

Dalton Scarlett, 19, from BHP Motorsport, said: “They tried to get in the front and then broke in through the fire exit.

“They ran towards the cameras and pushed them out of the way.

“There were about six of them in two vehicles.

“They took massive amounts of tools”.

The top-of-the-range tools were worth about £30,000 and had been built up over several years.

They included welding equipment, an engine crane, a transmission jack and many more branded items including Snap-On and Mac Tools.

Mr Scarlett said: “It has caused a massive disruption and is really frustrating.

“It took a lot of years to build them up and one night for people to steal them.”

Mark Stonebank, who runs Elms Personal Fitness Gym, said: “They smashed through the fire exit. It is frustrating, but we were quite lucky.

“They took a laptop and some cash.

“They obviously knew what they were after and it was tools.”

Piccolo Moto next door was not so lucky.

Thousands of pounds of specialist clothing and accesories were stolen with shelves cleared completely.

They also stole a one-of-akind motocross bike worth several thousand pounds from a stand.

The gang packed up a van full of the stolen goods, during the raids.

Rob Tuck, owner of Piccolo Moto, said: “I got a call at 7am from the gym to say we had been broken into and not to touch anything for forensics.

“We have been here two years and they have cleared us out of textile clothing and 1,500 accessories.

“It is very frustrating, but what can you do?”

Christos Fantousi, from Signace Signmakers, added: “They took about £200 from a cash draw, but compared to the others we were lucky.

“It is frustrating, but I can carry on working. What can a garage do without tools?

“You worry they will come back and we all hope they are caught.”

CCTV footage of the raid, which happened overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday, has been handed to the police.

Anyone with information can call Colchester CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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6:18pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Angry of Lexden says...

I know I shouldn't but I know our local cracks heads haven't the intelligence to pull something like this off. Therefore we must look to hand the credit for this rather well executed heist to visitors. And, I suggest the local constabulary make a courtesy call to turkey **** Lane and the other free of charge visitor site the borough offers. Seriously, stealing tools is one of the most despicable forms of theft. Not only do the filth deprive the owners of their hard earned kit, the victims don't have the means to work. If I hear anyone else bleating about the poor travellers I may consider inserting my 50mm socket attached to the longest extension I have, without the aid of lubricants into the dark recesses of those concerned. Just thought you would like to know.
I know I shouldn't but I know our local cracks heads haven't the intelligence to pull something like this off. Therefore we must look to hand the credit for this rather well executed heist to visitors. And, I suggest the local constabulary make a courtesy call to turkey **** Lane and the other free of charge visitor site the borough offers. Seriously, stealing tools is one of the most despicable forms of theft. Not only do the filth deprive the owners of their hard earned kit, the victims don't have the means to work. If I hear anyone else bleating about the poor travellers I may consider inserting my 50mm socket attached to the longest extension I have, without the aid of lubricants into the dark recesses of those concerned. Just thought you would like to know. Angry of Lexden
  • Score: 24

11:31pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Boris says...

Angry of Lexden wrote:
I know I shouldn't but I know our local cracks heads haven't the intelligence to pull something like this off. Therefore we must look to hand the credit for this rather well executed heist to visitors. And, I suggest the local constabulary make a courtesy call to turkey **** Lane and the other free of charge visitor site the borough offers. Seriously, stealing tools is one of the most despicable forms of theft. Not only do the filth deprive the owners of their hard earned kit, the victims don't have the means to work. If I hear anyone else bleating about the poor travellers I may consider inserting my 50mm socket attached to the longest extension I have, without the aid of lubricants into the dark recesses of those concerned. Just thought you would like to know.
No need fdor this kind of racist comment. And if you want to refer to that nationally-famous Stanway road, remember that the Gannett Corporation uses an American profanity detector, so you must write Turkey C o c k Lane.
[quote][p][bold]Angry of Lexden[/bold] wrote: I know I shouldn't but I know our local cracks heads haven't the intelligence to pull something like this off. Therefore we must look to hand the credit for this rather well executed heist to visitors. And, I suggest the local constabulary make a courtesy call to turkey **** Lane and the other free of charge visitor site the borough offers. Seriously, stealing tools is one of the most despicable forms of theft. Not only do the filth deprive the owners of their hard earned kit, the victims don't have the means to work. If I hear anyone else bleating about the poor travellers I may consider inserting my 50mm socket attached to the longest extension I have, without the aid of lubricants into the dark recesses of those concerned. Just thought you would like to know.[/p][/quote]No need fdor this kind of racist comment. And if you want to refer to that nationally-famous Stanway road, remember that the Gannett Corporation uses an American profanity detector, so you must write Turkey C o c k Lane. Boris
  • Score: -8

9:24am Sat 30 Aug 14

Treacle77 says...

No mention of burglar alarms at any of these premises.
No mention of burglar alarms at any of these premises. Treacle77
  • Score: 3

11:13am Sat 30 Aug 14

Regbluebottle says...

****'s love to play the *race* card, they aren't a different race at all,

They are just thieving selfish thieving inbreds that love to ponce off of the back of all decent tax paying and law abiding folk.

And they kicked my cat to death and laughed when I told them to stop.

SCUM.
****'s love to play the *race* card, they aren't a different race at all, They are just thieving selfish thieving inbreds that love to ponce off of the back of all decent tax paying and law abiding folk. And they kicked my cat to death and laughed when I told them to stop. SCUM. Regbluebottle
  • Score: 9

3:38pm Sat 30 Aug 14

stevedawson says...

For saving the cost of hiring a watch man on the premises this is the result.maybe the angora and the other businesses might take the hint..
For saving the cost of hiring a watch man on the premises this is the result.maybe the angora and the other businesses might take the hint.. stevedawson
  • Score: 0

6:55pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Angry of Lexden says...

Yes but that is extra overheads. Anyway the low life's who did this probably "visited" Colchester recently to sort out the best targets - easy in and out, and goods that can quickly be converted to cash in somewhere say 100 miles away Lincoln / Peterborough slough? Anyway steve were you offering to be night watchman? With all the travellers we've had recently there is currently very high risk of return visits to rob us. My unit now has some really interesting and painful surprises for any uninvited chancers.
Yes but that is extra overheads. Anyway the low life's who did this probably "visited" Colchester recently to sort out the best targets - easy in and out, and goods that can quickly be converted to cash in somewhere say 100 miles away Lincoln / Peterborough slough? Anyway steve were you offering to be night watchman? With all the travellers we've had recently there is currently very high risk of return visits to rob us. My unit now has some really interesting and painful surprises for any uninvited chancers. Angry of Lexden
  • Score: 7

1:50pm Tue 23 Sep 14

THIEVINGBASTARDS999 says...

I THINK ITS DISGUSTING WHAT THESE LOW LIFE SCUM BAGS HAVE DONE, I HOPE THAT THEY GET BURGLED AND THERE MUMS GET BURGLED AND ALL THERE FAMILIES GET BURGLED AND ALL THERE LIFE SAVINGS GET TAKEN FROM THEM ,

I THEN HOPE A BIG BLACK MAN UNDER THEN NAME OFF BUBBA COMES AND BUTT F**K THEM SO THEN THEY WILL KNOW HOW IUT FEELS TO GET BUTT F**KD .... THATS WHAT THEY DID TO THOSE BUSINESSES

SCUMMERS
I THINK ITS DISGUSTING WHAT THESE LOW LIFE SCUM BAGS HAVE DONE, I HOPE THAT THEY GET BURGLED AND THERE MUMS GET BURGLED AND ALL THERE FAMILIES GET BURGLED AND ALL THERE LIFE SAVINGS GET TAKEN FROM THEM , I THEN HOPE A BIG BLACK MAN UNDER THEN NAME OFF BUBBA COMES AND BUTT F**K THEM SO THEN THEY WILL KNOW HOW IUT FEELS TO GET BUTT F**KD .... THATS WHAT THEY DID TO THOSE BUSINESSES SCUMMERS THIEVINGBASTARDS999
  • Score: 0

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