14/12/2005

£1 million worth of camcorders stolen

Thames Valley Police are appealing for information after a lorry-load of digital cameras, worth £1 million, was stolen.

Almost 2,000 camcorders were stolen in the robbery, which took place last Friday.

Police said that the lorry was stopped by a white van in Norton Road, Colnbrook. The van driver, who was wearing a balaclava, climbed into the passenger side of the lorry and handcuffed the driver, before pushing him into the back of the vehicle.

The man drove the lorry to Leytons Lane in Stanwell, following the white van, where a second man got into the vehicle and the men unloaded the cameras into another vehicle before driving off.

A member of the public found the handcuffed lorry driver about ten minutes later and they alerted police.

Det Con Stuart Ritchie, who is investigating the robbery, said: “The lorry driver sustained bruising and swelling to his wrists from the handcuffs, and was left very shaken by his experience.

“The stolen goods were 1,960 silver JVC digital camcorders, all the same model number (GRD240EK), with a total retail value of approximately £1 million. It is possible that they were loaded into a light-coloured lorry that followed the other two vehicles to Stanwell.”

Det Con Ritchie said that police believed at least four people were involved in the robbery. He said: “We would urge anyone who witnessed the incident, or who saw anyone behaving suspiciously in the area on Friday morning, to come forward. We would also like to hear from anyone who is offered a brand-new JVC camcorder matching this description for a bargain price to contact police immediately.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on: 0845 8505 505 or Crimestoppers on: 0800 555 111.

(KMcA)


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