Watch: Sparks fly as Oswestry camper van theft is caught on CCTV
Sparks flew when thieves cut through metal barriers in order to steal a camper van in Oswestry.
The gang was caught on CCTV stealing the motor home.
CCTV SHOWS - 00.04: Van is driven by thief inside garage compound. 00.17: Another gang member gets into the van. 00:30: Sparks fly as a third thief cuts through metal barriers. 00:42: Barriers are pushed open. 00.57: The van is driven off the premises.
The Ford Roller Team camper van was stolen from Allcarz garage, in Victoria Road, on Tuesday night.
It belongs to Allcarz owner, Dave Hughes, who said cameras caught the thieves calmly taking the vehicle at 8.50pm.
He said: "The CCTV shows them driving past our property and then parking their Volvo on the road. Two men jumped out of the car and walked to the camper. Within 80 seconds they were in it and it was running."
The CCTV footage shows sparks flying as a saw is used to grind through barriers in order to get access to the car park.
Mr Hughes said: "The men got a Stihl saw out and cut straight through the barriers. This all happened in broad daylight with cars driving past and people walking past."
Mr Hughes had brought the motor home into the garage for an MOT and was supposed to be taking it home on Wednesday.
"It was all ready to drive away - evidently so because these people did," he added.
"They turned out of our property, then right into Church Street and were then seen heading down the A483 towards Wrexham but that's the last time it has been seen. I can't see us getting it back to be honest."
West Mercia Police today appealed for witnesses and to anyone who saw a silver Volvo estate in the town.
Police spokesman Paul Roberts said officers were called to the garage at around 8.55pm.
He said: "Officers attended and found that entry had been forced to the garage via a locked and secured metal gate and a Ford motor home had been taken by unknown offenders.
"A silver Volvo estate was seen in the area at the time and police would like to speak to the occupants or anybody else that may have witnessed suspicious activity in the area at the time."
Anyone with information should call the police on 101, quoting the incident number 704s of August 1. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or at crimestoppers-uk.org
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