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Roadblock thieves steal cigarettes and tobacco from Tesco delivery vehicle in Whitchurch

By Rory Smith | Whitchurch | Crime | Published:

Thieves in Shropshire created a roadblock to steal cigarettes and tobacco from a Tesco delivery vehicle during two similar incidents in the same day.

A Tesco driver in Whitchurch parked a delivery lorry in a lay-by on the A41, near to the Grindley Brook roundabout, at about 8.15am on Tuesday.

Thieves then gained access to the rear of the vehicle, before the driver became aware and drove off, turning left at the roundabout in the direction of Grindley Brook.

The Tesco lorry was then stopped by the offenders driving past who used their vehicle, a dark blue Audi A4 estate, to create a road block.

West Mercia Police say the thieves took a large amount of cigarettes and tobacco from the rear of the vehicle, loading it into a white Mercedes Sprinter van.

Both vehicles then fled in the direction of Grindley Brook roundabout.

The driver was not harmed or spoken to during the incident.

Later that day at about 2.10pm, a second delivery vehicle had cigarettes stolen while parked at Tesco Express, on Bridge Street in Cookley, near Kidderminster.

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Police say the padlock on the rear of the vehicle was cut off to gain access.

The cigarettes were then loaded into a white Mercedes Sprinter van, and it is believed that a blue Audi A4 estate may have also been in the area.

Investigating officers are appealing for information from the public for witnesses to both incidents, or any other information regarding offenders or sightings including dashcam footage of the blue Audi A4 estate and the white Mercedes Sprinter van in either Whitchurch or Kidderminster.

Officers are also keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed a dark blue Audi A4 estate or a white Mercedes Sprinter van changing number plates throughout the day.

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Detective Sergeant Mat Crisp said: "We are keen to speak with anyone who may have seen either of the incidents involving Tesco delivery vehicles.

"Both incidents occurred on Tuesday, one in the Grindley Brook area of Whitchurch and the second in Cookley, Kidderminster.

"Both incidents involved offenders driving a blue Audi Estate and a white Mercedes sprinter van.

"We believe they may have changed their number plates throughout the course of the day.

"Any information relating to these incidents, the offenders or the vehicles will help provide us with a better understanding of what has occurred and aid our investigation.

"We are especially keen to see any dashcam footage from either areas."

Anyone with any information should contact West Mercia Police on 101, quoting incident reference number 87S020419 for Whitchurch, and 342S020419 for Kidderminster,

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800555111 or crimestoppers-uk.org

Rory Smith

By Rory Smith
Reporter - @rorysmith_star

Senior reporter based at the Shropshire Star's head office in Ketley, Telford.

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