‘There seems to be an awful lot of this going on’ – Suffolk trailer firm targeted by burglars twice in as many nights

Nick Ruffle, owner of Agroco. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Nick Ruffle, owner of Agroco. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Almost 2,000 non-domestic burglaries were recorded in Suffolk last year, according to the Office for National Statistics.

As recently as last weekend, Agroco Trailers was targeted by burglars twice in as many nights.

The loss of valuable stock and equipment is expected to run into tens of thousands of pounds for the Needham Market company.

Burglars first struck in the early hours of Sunday morning, at about 4.30am, arriving in a Land Rover stolen from a neighbouring tool hire firm.

They left after an hour of breaking in and loading items onto a livestock trailer – but were later seen returning on CCTV at 10.30pm that night.

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After checking the owners had not returned, the burglars again went back in the same vehicle to steal another trailer from the Ipswich Road firm at about 3.30am on Monday morning.

Sales manager Dan Crooks said: “With the level of stock taken, it’s hard to tell what’s missing, but we’re talking tens of thousands.

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“We got to work on Monday to find out a trailer had been stolen and a window smashed.

“We then started to realise the extent of what had been taken.

“When they returned, on Sunday night, we think they were coming to see if we’d been back.

“We think they re-padlocked the gate before coming back again.

“They disconnected our PC equipment and servers, and stole our CCTV recorders, but the laboratory next door has a camera pointing into our yard, so we saw them gaining entry.

“There seems to be an awful lot of this going on – especially in this area – not just with businesses, but with residential properties.”

Items stolen in both raids included a trailer, a quad bike, tools, ramps, a flat bed, and cash from a safe. On the second occasion, the suspects also broke into outside containers before leaving in the Land Rover.

Mr Crooks said a nearby car servicing garage had been the target of crime just days before his company was burgled.

“All of us live in the surrounding villages, or spend a lot of time locally,” he added.

“I have heard numerous accounts of people having their cars broken into or stolen – but we don’t see a real police presence.”

Anyone with information should call Suffolk police quoting reference 4089/18. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or at crimestoppers-uk.org.

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