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Thieves raid Merstham building site
12:39pm Monday 18th March 2013 in News
Thieves who raided a building site container in Merstham escaped with a haul of heavy equipment and power tools that they would have needed a vehicle to drive away.
The raiders struck at the site in Nailsworth Crescent overnight last Wednesday (March 13) into last Thursday (March 14).
The stolen tools included two Honda wacker plates, two Honda hydraulic braker packs, two petrol Stihl disc cutters and three Honda generators. Appealing for witnesses, investigating officer Detective Constable Colin Snell from Reigate CID, said the theft would have taken some time and probably involved a number of people.
He also urged local residents to be vigilant and contact the police if they are offered any building equipment they feel might have been stolen.
Det Con Snell said: "There are several heavy items included in the stolen property which would have required a vehicle to move, and it is likely that more than one offender was present at the scene for some time.”
He continued: “Therefore, I believe someone has seen something which could assist with our investigation.” Det Con Snell said: "I would appeal to anyone who either saw anything suspicious in the area around the time the offence took place, or who has been offered any tools for sale which they believe could be stolen, to contact officers with information.”
The stolen haul also included a cement mixer, a Stihl chainsaw , shovels and spades, two green wheelbarrows, a post drill and a nail gun.
The thieves struck between 5.45pm on Wednesday, March 13, and 7.30am the next morning.
Local neighbourhood officers from the Reigate and Banstead Safer Neighbourhood Team are helping detectives with their investigation by carrying out enquires in the Merstham area. Anyone with information is urged to contact Surrey Police on 101, quoting reference RB/13/1988.
Alternatively, people can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.