Thieves steal wheels worth £20,000 in raid

PUBLISHED: 11:28 11 January 2007 | UPDATED: 14:57 12 May 2010

Roy Castle, right, and Michael Struebel examine the security gate - Pic: Daniel Wilson 2129DW06

Roy Castle, right, and Michael Struebel examine the security gate - Pic: Daniel Wilson 2129DW06

ALLOY wheels worth £20,000 were stolen from a premises in Bassingbourn on Tuesday. Thieves broke into Two Stroke Saab Specialists, Wireless Station Park in Chestnut Lane and stole one 30-foot-long container, containing 400 new and used alloy wheels and ty

ALLOY wheels worth £20,000 were stolen from a premises in Bassingbourn on Tuesday.

Thieves broke into Two Stroke Saab Specialists, Wireless Station Park in Chestnut Lane and stole one 30-foot-long container, containing 400 new and used alloy wheels and tyres.

General manager Roy Castle said: "When I arrived at work this morning (Wednesday) I had a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach.

"I knew something was wrong because I could see that two sections of the fence were missing and the container doors were missing."

It means that the business will not have any second-hand wheels for the next month.

"It's frustrating because we sell wheels every day of the week and we had built the stock up over a period of time," said Mr Castle.

"It's going to make things difficult for us for a while, but we're still open for business as usual."

The incident is believed to have happened between 9.30pm on Tuesday and 4.30am yesterday (Wednesday) morning.

"It's like Fort Knox here," Mr Castle said. "We take 25 minutes every evening to lock the premises up.

"The offenders knew what they were doing and had targeted our premises."

The business sells a range of parts but Mr Castle believes they stole the alloy wheels because of the value of aluminium.

The company is offering a £4,000 reward to anyone who finds the wheels.

The wheels have identification marks.

Mr Castle has contacted scrap metal dealers in Herts, Essex, Bedfordshire and north London in an attempt to track down the stolen property.

- If anyone can help call Mr Castle on 01763 246699.

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