Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Lock up your Steel, thieves take weighty haul

Thieves who stole more than 200 bars of steel from a South Tyneside engineering company are being sought by police.

The metal, weighing a total of 26 tons and valued at £21,000, was taken from the compound of Simco Engineering on the Simonside Industrial estate.

Each bar weighs 200 kilos, and police say a crane or a team of at least eight people would have been needed to lift them onto a truck.

A skip full of scrap metal was also taken during the break-in.

It is believed the metal will have been smelted down for sale.

Link to BBC NEWS

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