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Jaguar Land Rover heist: Gang stole £1m of engines in identical raid three years ago

Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull factory was targeted three years ago by criminals who stole almost ?1 million of engines – in an identical raid to Tuesday’s ?3 million heist[1]. A gang used a suspected stolen HGV lorry in an audacious heist at the Lode Lane site[2] on Tuesday night, in full view of security cameras. Police are hunting the crooks who returned to the plant hours later to steal more engines in the same truck, which was unloaded in the Coventry area.

The world-famous company has posted a reward to catch the crooks who stole engines understood to be worth around ?3 million.

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Yet senior sources close to the company have revealed the Solihull factory was previously targeted in an identical heist three years ago – which was never made public. There were striking similarities between the two raids: *Both used HGVs that were driven through security gates into the depot:

*Both lorries later returned to steal more engines; *And both vehicles were unloaded in the Coventry area. In the previous heist, an articulated lorry cab was driven into the factory and attached a trailer full of engines before leaving in a matter of minutes.

Up to five people were later arrested and convicted after trial about a year ago.

Jaguar Land Rover's Lode Lane plant in SolihullJaguar Land Rover’s Lode Lane plant in Solihull

It is understood the engines stolen in the raid three years ago were valued at just under ?1 million. That raid was never publicised. It is believed the engines stolen in the raid three years ago were destined for the UK car parts market.

A source said of this week’s raid: “Only senior security staff and management knew about it. Everyone is very shocked.”

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West Midlands Police has appealed for information to the ‘large scale theft of Jaguar Land Rover engines’. A statement added: “It is believed the engines were stolen from the Damson Lane site in Tile Hill sometime between late night Tuesday 31 January and the early hours of Wednesday 1 February.

“An articulated truck is believed to have entered the site twice, each time hooking up to trailers carrying the engines and then leaving again through the gate. “The empty stolen trailers have since been located. “Any information on the whereabouts of the engines or those involved in the thefts should be reported to Solihull police. ”

Anyone with information should call police on 101.

References

  1. ^ ?3 million heist (www.birminghammail.co.uk)
  2. ^ Lode Lane site (www.birminghammail.co.uk)

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