Alarm thwarts diesel theft in Mildenhall

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An attempt to steal diesel in Mildenhall has been thwarted by a security device.

An attempt to steal about £1,500 worth of diesel in Mildenhall has been thwarted by a security device.

Police have said a device fitted inside a diesel container in Holborn Avenue was activated at about 10.30pm on October 12.

The device sent a message to the mobile phone of an employee of the organisation concerned who contacted police.

Police found a Ford Transit box van parked close to the tank which contained five 1000 litre bowsers and a pump.

Fuel was still being pumped out of the diesel container when police arrived.

A second Ford Transit box van was found parked nearby with four 1000 litre bowsers inside. Both vehicles were unoccupied. Despite a search of the local area assisted by the Police Dog Unit the offenders were not found.

It is believed they may have fled in the direction of Junction Road where officers recovered a fluorescent yellow jacket and black gloves.

Sgt Mark Turner of the Mildenhall Neighbourhood Response Team said: “This is a great example of a crime prevention device showing its worth and averting a potential theft of fuel which could have totalled in the region of £1,500. I would urge anybody with a fuel tank, whether domestic or commercial, to consider installing such an alarm.

“Although our officers were not able to apprehend the suspects on the night, their quick attendance means that they were able to seize the vehicles involved and obtain evidence to assist with the enquiry.”

Anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity in the area or who has any information about this incident is asked to contact PC Daniel Smyth at Mildenhall Police Station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.