As a result, a warrant was executed on an industrial estate in Preston on Tuesday 26th April.
The Rural Task Force, along with the Stolen Vehicle Identification Unit, have located and filled up more than six recovery trucks with seized engines, gearboxes, and parts from in excess of 70 stolen vehicles including Land Rovers, 4x4s and agricultural vehicles. The theft value of which is estimated at being over £1million.
PC Adam Levitt of the South Rural Task Force said: “Initial findings are that the stolen items are from all over the country. The investigation is still ongoing with more property being recovered.
“These types of crimes have a massive impact on the rural community, especially for farmers who are not only affected by the loss of their vehicles, machinery, and equipment, but they are also unable to carry out their daily business, particularly as this is a busy time of year.
“We are committed to working hard to upset rural criminality in all its forms and anyone who benefits.”
While no arrests have been made, extensive enquiries are very much ongoing in this regard by South Rural Task Force and the Stolen Vehicle Identification Unit.
Anyone with any concerns around rural crime in their area can email [email protected]
• Rural crime is a serious problem for our members, with it costing the UK £54.3 million in 2019 alone.