High tech thieves take 155mph estate car

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Thieves cut a hole in a fence and overcame sophisticated anti-theft systems to steal a high powered Audi estate car which has been linked to two other crimes.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the theft which was between 2.30 and 2.45am on Tuesday at Bury St Edmunds Audi’s dealership in Skyliner way.

Like all current Audis, the grey RS4 Quattro Avant estate, registration number OV62 VEW, has state of the art anti-theft systems, but the thieves, who broke a window to get into the car, managed to drive it away.

Sales manager James Bullivant said: “We’ve still got all the sets of keys here. Apparently there’s a way of getting in if you have the right equipment.”

The 450bhp, 155mph four-wheel drive estate costs £55,526 new and Mr Bullivant said people may have noticed its sporty engine sound as it was driven from the scene.

He added: “They’ve caused me a real headache because they cut a big hole in the fence and now we’re having to bring everything in at night.”

Police say that at 6.30am the same morning, a garden centre in Colethorpe Lane, Barrow, was found to have had its gates forced open overnight and a sales board and car parts from the Audi were found in the car park.

At noon that day it was discovered the front and rear number plates had been removed from a grey BMW 118D, registration number WP06 VAX, parked in a car park on an industrial estate in Greenwood Court, Bury St Edmunds.

The car had been left parked there since 5pm on Friday 10 May and this crime is being linked because it was near to where the Audi was stolen from.

Contact PC Jonathon Warby at Bury St Edmunds Police Station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.