Hunt goes on for vehicle hire thieves

Easirent in Wigan
Easirent in Wigan

THE hunt for four men who broke into a vehicle hire firm and stole vehicles worth a total value of almost £300.000 has entered its second week.

Police are appealing for witnesses after 16 vehicles worth around £275,000 were stolen from a hire company in Wigan.

Between 6pm on Friday November 6 and 7.45am on Saturday November 7, four men broke into Easirent vehicle hire on Queen street and stole a safe containing vehicle keys.

They stole a Land Rover and left with the safe.

During the night they returned a number of times and stole 16 cars and vans, removing the tracking devices from six of them.

Most of the vehicles have since been recovered in the Wigan, Leigh and St Helens areas, but three are still outstanding.

The first offender is described as white, around 5ft 8in, of medium build and he was wearing a light-coloured cap and tracksuit.

The second offender is white, 6ft tall, of medium build and was wearing a light-coloured jumper with a dark panel across the shoulders and a dark beanie hat.

The third offender is white, of medium build, with short dark hair and was wearing a yellow high-vis vest and dark trousers.

Detective Constable Cameron Hackett of Wigan division said: “The thieves had the audacity to return a number of times during night and brazenly steal 16 vehicles.

“We have released CCTV in the hope that someone recognise the men and if you do, please contact police.”

Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 7124 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Easirent managing director Nick Hanley said: “While we are pleased to have got mos tof the stolen vehicles back, around £50,000 worth are still missing. A car, a minibus and a van are still missing.”