Four arrested after police found £ 35,000 of stolen sewing machines at rest area


Four men have been arrested after a transport of stolen sewing machines valued at £ 35,000 was recovered from a lorry parked in a parking area.

Officers were alerted to a suspicious vehicle when it activated an automatic license plate recognition camera in Markfield, Leicestershire Police said today.

Shortly after, the vehicle was found unoccupied nearby in a parking lot in Stephenson Way, Coalville. A second truck – whose machines had been taken – was also found nearby.

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Officers from the force’s traffic police unit, assisted by armed colleagues and police dogs, searched the area and arrested four men.

The men, aged 18, 25, 28 and 31, remain in custody as detectives conduct further investigations, Leicestershire police said.

Detective Sergeant Simon Boden of Coalville CID said: “I want to thank my colleagues in the Dog Section and the Traffic Police and Armed Response Units for their swift action in taking these men into custody.

“I’m glad the sewing machines, which are worth tens of thousands of pounds, have been salvaged.

“Our investigation of the incident is continuing and I would like to speak to anyone who was traveling along Stephenson Way in the early hours of this morning.

“I am especially keen to speak to all of the truck drivers who have parked in the parking lot and have dashcams installed in their vehicles.

“Any information you have could help our investigation. “

Anyone with relevant information is urged to contact the force through the police website or call 101 quoting 21 * 681861.

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