Three men from Teesside have been charged with going equipped to steal fuel from lorries at an auction mart.
They were stopped by North Yorkshire Police who had reported noticing an Audi A5 being driven close to lorries, in the car park of Thirsk Auction Mart, in August.
Officers conducting proactive patrols of lorry parks following an increase in thefts from HGVs in the area at the time.
Police say there was a strong smell of diesel inside the vehicle and officers located 11 empty 25-litre plastic drums packed into the boot – and another four balanced on the back seat.
The men were found to be carrying large plastic containers, screwdrivers, gloves and mole grips when they were stopped.
Three men, all aged in their 20s, have since been charged with going equipped for theft.
They will appear at York Magistrates’ Court on 14 January 2021.
Lorries, the contents of their large fuel tanks, and their trailer loads are often very valuable – criminals know this so will look to target vulnerable vehicles.
Proactive police patrols are continuing across North Yorkshire to protect HGVs, and drivers are being urged to take precautions:
- Before starting your journey, decide where you are going to park overnight – and plan to use secure lorry parks
- Park your lorry where you can see it, and always take your keys with you
- Park with the loading doors close to another vehicle or wall. When returning to your lorry, check for signs of any interference
If you are aware of suspicious activity around parked lorries, contact the police. Call 101, or 999 if it’s an emergency or a crime is in progress.