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£100,000 raid on Padiham Mini firm: witness plea

Mini Sport which has suffered a �100,00 break-in.

Mini Sport which has suffered a �100,00 break-in.

Police are hunting burglars behind a £100,000 raid on a world-renowned Padiham car firm.

The long-running Mini Sport company was targeted by a gang of criminals in a night-time break-in.

A limited edition Mini Cooper was stolen, along with large amounts of specialist engine parts, cash, clothes and memorabilia from the firm’s warehouse in Thompson Street.

Police say the shop was almost completely emptied of stock in what they believe was a carefully-orchestrated raid on the family business which began in 1967.

The burglary took place overnight between Saturday, January 18th, and Sunday, January 19th, at the company warehouse in Padiham.

The offenders broke in through the back yard of the building through metal gates before scaling the roof and smashing an office window to gain entry.

CCTV images show two offenders and a black VW Caddy van used in the burglary. Police believe there were four offenders in total but two men remained in the van.

The gang searched the entire warehouse, targeting certain rooms and even drawers in rooms to find and steal items.

The stolen property also includes a special edition W-reg green Mini Cooper.

PC Chris Hutchinson, of Burnley Police, said: “This is a high-value burglary that has left the company owners distraught.

“The warehouse building is down a quiet residential road on the outskirts of town and I believe the offenders have used at least one vehicle as lots of heavy and bulky tools and equipment have been taken.

“This was clearly a carefully planned burglary in which the shop has literally been emptied of almost all stock and this crime will have taken a long time to commit.

“I urge anybody who recognises the persons or the vehicle involved, or saw anything suspicious that could assist with this investigation, to contact me on 01282 472120.

“I would also be keen to speak with anybody that has been offered any Mini accessories or memorabilia for sale.”

Anyone with information can also contact Lancashire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

 

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