Fury as thieves steal batteries from 15 lorries in Leighton Buzzard

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Thieves made off with thousands of pounds’ worth of equipment in a late night sweep on three businesses in Leighton Buzzard last week.

The thefts were carried out on the night of Wednesday, December 12 at three businesses on the No. 7 Grovebury Road factory site.

Batteries were stolen from 15 vehicles – eight from MM Fork Truck Services, three from QA and a further four from Get It Shifted removals.

CCTV shows four young men breaking open lorry doors at around 9.30pm. They are believed to have accessed the site via the neighbouring Grovebury Road Retail Park, with fencing removed.

Mario Marrone, of MM Fork Truck Services, said: “I came in early and where the retail park fence is, I noticed one of the panels of fencing had been cut away.

“The was a pallet truck in the middle, which they must have used to move the equipment.

“I drove around the back, where I could see the lorries had been vandalised.”

It’s not the first time MM Fork Trucks Services has been targeted by thieves and Mr Marrone said he was disappointed by police inaction.

He said: “An officer was supposed to come on Thursday but then we got a message that they couldn’t find us.

“No-one phoned to ask for directions!”

A Beds Police spokesman said: “We were called to reports of a break-in at a number of industrial premises in Grovebury Road, Leighton Buzzard at around 6.50am on Wednesday, December 12.

“Officers went to the area that morning to carry out further enquiries but were unable to make contact with the owner at the time.

“As soon as contact was made the following day (Thursday) officers attended the site and our enquiries are ongoing.”

> Anyone with any information can contact police through the online reporting centre or 101, quoting reference 51 of December 12.