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£18,000 worth of diesel stolen in Tadcaster


4:06pm 10th February 2011
(Updated 4:17pm 10th February 2011)

£18,000 worth of diesel has been stolen from Tadcaster.

Thieves took the fuel from the Total filling station on the A64 near Steeton.

They gained access to the underground fuel tanks and siphoned off over 13,000 litres.

Police believe it would have taken at least 2 hours and have described the thieves as "organised and professional"

It happened between 2:30am and 4:30am on Wednesday 9th February.

Police are appealing for any motorists travelling on the A64 in the early hours of Wednesday to contact them. Or, anyone who has any information about the theft, please contact police on 0845 60 60 247.

Or, you can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, you do not have to give your name and you could qualify for a cash reward.

Investigating officer, PC Heather Wilkinson said:

"This was an audacious theft and shows the lengths criminals will go to in their quest to further their illegal activity.

"It would have taken around two hours to siphon off the fuel and we are appealing for anyone who passed the filling station in the early hours of Wednesday to contact us.

"The thieves were organised and professional and had access to the means of transport capable of containing a large amount of fuel. Whether this is a tanker or large van containing storage vessels is unknown at this time."

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