Opportunist thieves have struck again in Whitby, this time snatching a lorry and £7,000 worth of lead.
In what is becoming an increasingly-frequent occurrence in the Whitby area, snatch-and-grab thieves this time broke into Wilf Noble Building Supplies on Sneaton Lane in Ruswarp in the early hours of Monday morning.
The offenders have stolen a red, four-axel Scania lorry with the Words ‘Wilf Noble’ on the side.
The suspects also took over 100 six-metre rolls of lead, valued at around £7,000.
The theft took place between 2am and 3am and Whitby police have issued an urgent appeal for information.
Anyone who has seen the vehicle which bears the registration number RX53 UJA, leaving Ruswarp, or knows of its current whereabouts to contact police.
They also want to hear from anyone who has any information about the burglary and anyone who saw any suspicious activity on Sunday night or Monday morning in the hours leading up to the break-in.
Last month Whitby’s police inspector reported a “significant” increase in burglaries in the town, and just last week 40 allotment holders were the victim of an organised break-in that saw thousands of pounds worth of garden equipment stolen.
North Yorkshire Police have targeted rural burglary as a main concern and through a scheme known as Operation Hawk. Overall, the Whitby area has seen an increase in burglaries of 7.4 per cent, although in the Mayfield area the increase was 67 per cent - from nine crimes to 15.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for PC David Anderson, or email email@example.com
Alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Please quote reference 12140054402 when passing on information about this crime.