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Criminals steal Land Rover engines worth £3million

Jaguar Land Rover has offered a reward after engines reportedly worth ?3 million were stolen from a factory.

A suspected stolen HGV lorry was used to steal the car parts in just a few minutes on Tuesday night. The Missouri Injury Blog Presents Proudly

It is understood the audacious heist took place in full view of security cameras.

Police are now hunting the gang behind the theft which insiders say has left management and staff ‘stunned’.

JLR is also offering a ‘substantial reward’.

A JLR spokesman said: ‘We can confirm that we are working closely with West Midlands Police to investigate the theft of engines from the Solihull manufacturing plant.

‘A reward is on offer to anyone who has information which leads to the successful recovery of these engines.

‘It would be inappropriate for us to make any further comment whilst this investigation is ongoing.’

Insiders say the stolen 40 tonne lorry arrived at the Solihull Lode Lane depot at 10.30pm on Tuesday and entered through a security-manned gate.

The HGV then drove to the Lagoons depot and hooked up to a trailer containing the car engines, before driving out.

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Sources claim the criminals obtained paperwork from the site before leaving which made their escape easier.

The stolen lorry is believed to have unloaded in the Coventry area.

And the same lorry is believed to have returned to the factory a couple of hours later before hooking up another trailer and driving off with more car engines.

A source said: ‘They just hooked up the trailers. They were in and out in just six minutes with the first theft.

The whole place is in uproar about it.’

West Midlands Police said it was believed the engines were stolen from the sprawling industrial site some time between the night of January 31 and the early hours the following morning.

The empty stolen trailers have since been located and seized by officers, the force added.

Any information on the whereabouts of the stolen engines or those involved in the thefts should be reported to police by calling 101.

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