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GPS systems and pods worth £24,000 stolen from rural vehicles at business on Main Road, Marlesford




Police are seeking witnesses after GPS systems worth tens of thousands of pounds were stolen from rural vehicles in Suffolk in the last week.

Officers said at some point between Thursday at 5.30pm and Monday at 8.25am the GPS systems were removed from up to four rural vehicles at a business premises on Main Road in Marlesford.

Pods from the vehicles' roofs were also stolen, which, along with the GPS systems, were worth a total of around £24,000.

Police are seeking witnesses after GPS systems worth tens of thousands of pounds were stolen from rural vehicles in Suffolk in the last week
Police are seeking witnesses after GPS systems worth tens of thousands of pounds were stolen from rural vehicles in Suffolk in the last week

Sgt Brian Calver from the Suffolk Rural and Wildlife Team said: "From our initial investigations these offenders are willing to go to great lengths to get what they want.

"Those responsible for this offence had a high degree of knowledge of how to access the site and how to access the units without any keys.

"I’d urge farmers, land owners and businesses that supply the equipment to stay vigilant to any suspicious activity.”

Police have issued the following advice for owners of similar vehicles with GPS equipment:

  • If possible, remove all kit from machines when not in use, especially if the machinery is left out overnight
  • Review security at your premises, as well as premises where such equipment is serviced and sold
  • Record the serial number and take a digital image of the serial number
  • Security mark the kit, possibly with a UV marker or permanent black marker, with the name of your location and postcode to make it unattractive to a would-be thief

Enquiries into the incident are ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Suffolk police on 101, quoting crime reference 37/23991/21.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form.

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