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Thieves Strike Poundbury Building Sites Again


9:12am 12th October 2013
(Updated 9:14am 12th October 2013)

Thieves have hot-wired a dumping vehicle to gain access to a building site and steal equipment in Poundbury.

The vehicle was positioned strategically across the entrance-way to keep people out but determined offenders still managed to get in and take what's known as Whacker Plates. The cumbersome bits of kit used to press down surfaces.

Dorset Police told Wessex FM they're concerned over the number of building sites being targeted, specifically Poundbury, and they've seen a rise in break-ins and equipment thefts.

Dorchester Inspector Steve Marsh says offenders must have used a truck or van to escape and he's worried whoever is responsible, won't stop until they're caught;

"It appears the suspects actually hotwired a dumper truck, to move it out the way, so they could take the Whacker Plates. They must have used a vehicle and driven off. So they've gone to quite considerable lengths to take the equipment that's been stolen."

Inspector Marsh wants

"The issue is mainly with plant and construction machinery being taken from construction sites. We think people are stealing to order and things are being quickly taken out of the county and sold elsewhere."

"We'd be keen to hear from anyone who might know whose doing this. Often there's a great deal of noise made with vehicles moving around late at night when this goes on, so if anyone sees anything suspicious please call 999."

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