A container full of expensive gin and whisky estimated to be worth tens of thousands of pounds has been stolen from a compound on Teesside.
Cleveland Police say a white lorry, believed to have been using cloned number plates, pulled in to the compound in the John Boyle Road area of South Bank near Middlesbrough last Tuesday evening, May 25.
The thieves loaded the 45ft long container onto the back of the wagon and drove off.
Inside it were bottles of Beefeater Gin and Chivas Whisky as well as Chivas Royal Salute whisky and 12-year-old Glenlivet whisky estimated to be worth a combined total of tens of thousands of pounds.
A police appeal for information has been made and detectives are hoping anyone with CCTV or dash cam footage from the area at the time will be able to help.
The theft happened around 8.50pm.
“It happened around 8.50pm when a white Iveco Stralis (believed to be on cloned plates ending 17FWA), loaded up the 45x10x10 foot container of Beefeater Gin, Chivas whisky, Chivas Royal Salute 12-year-old whisky and Glenlivet 12-year-old whisky, and left the site,” said a spokesman for Cleveland Police.
“The alcohol is estimated to be worth tens of thousands of pounds and we would ask any nearby businesses or motorists who were in the area at the time to check their CCTV/dash cam to see if it has captured anything which could help our inquiries.”
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The area is home to a number of industrial estates and compounds close to the A66, Asda and the TTE Technical Training Centre in South Bank.
Anyone with information can contact Cleveland Police via the 101-number quoting ref 084254.
Independent charity Crimestoppers can also be contacted anonymously online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org or by phone on 0800 555 111.