Herts Police have issued a warning to the county’s rural community after numerous incidents of theft and attempted theft of farm equipment.
On the night of Wednesday, December 29 to Thursday, December 30, it is believed that a group of delinquents traveled to an area of Maple Cross in an attempt to steal equipment.
Officers were told that a tractor had sustained serious damage.
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Officers now believe the offenders were attempting to remove the satellite receiver from the vehicle, but were unsuccessful.
The tractor body suffered dents and scratches as a result.
Additionally, on the night of Thursday, December 30 to Friday, December 31, four more incidents were reported in Sarratt where a trailer, mini excavator and power tools were stolen.
PC Christian Gottmann, a rural and wildlife crime officer, said: “The equipment has since been removed from the tractor as a crime prevention measure, but we would like to alert the rural community of these incidents so that they can take extra precautions to protect their property by locking items securely.
“We are investigating these incidents and calling on anyone who has witnessed suspicious activity in the Denham Way area of Maple Cross or in the village of Sarratt, during the night between the dates indicated, to come forward and speak to us. In the meantime, we will increase our patrols in these areas as a reassurance measure. “
If you have any information, you can email PC Gottmann at [email protected], use online chat at herts.police.uk/contact, report information to herts.police.uk / report or call the non-emergency number 101, citing the reference 41/102207/21.
Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit their website www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
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