Ram-raiders steal tools and truck worth £100,000 from Arriva depot

By Richard Guttridge | Cannock | Crime | Published:

Ram-raiders smashed their way into a bus depot in Cannock, getting away with a truck and tools worth more than £100,000.

The Arriva depot was targeted by ram-raiders. Photo: Google

The crooks stole a Mercedes flat-bed truck and a large amount of engineering tools after driving a vehicle through the entrance gates at the Arriva depot on Delta Way.

The depot in Bridgtown was targeted just before 5pm on Sunday. There are no longer Sunday services running from the depot which was closed at the time. Three people were seen leaving two hours later.

Police said the haul is believed to be worth more than £100,000. Forensic officers are examining the scene and officers have begun trawling through CCTV.

Staffordshire Police has launched an appeal for information and urged anyone with information to call the force on 101.

Cannock councillor Maureen Freeman was shocked to learn of the attack on the bus depot and said she was pleased no-one was hurt.

She said: "This is an awful thing to happen and I am appalled. It is quite an amount of damage and property taken. I can't think of anything that has happened like this in the area for a very long time.

"I really do hope these people are caught as quickly as possible.

"There are no Sunday services there anymore so I assume the depot was locked down and there was no staff on duty which in one way is good as no-one was hurt. But the damage caused to the place is probably going to last for a while."

Councillor Freeman said she hoped CCTV might provide some clues as to who is responsible.

She said: "It's not a small depot and considering the things they have got on site I would say they have got working CCTV. I'm sure the police will be doing their very best."

Richard Guttridge

By Richard Guttridge
Investigations Editor - @RichG_star

Investigations Editor for the Express & Star.

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