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Fleet of stolen cars found dumped in St Helens

CCTV images after vehicles worth �275,000 were stolen and found in St Helens
CCTV images after vehicles worth �275,000 were stolen and found in St Helens
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Vehicles worth £300,000 have stolen from a hire company were found abandoned in St Helens.

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after 16 cars and vans were whisked away from a hire company in Wigan.

CCTV images after vehicles worth �275,000 were stolen in Wigan

CCTV images after vehicles worth �275,000 were stolen in Wigan

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

This was taken away in a stolen Land Rover.

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 remain unaccounted for.

The first offender is described as white, around 5ft 8ins tall, 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 accomplice is white, of medium build, with short dark hair and was wearing a yellow high-visibility vest and dark trousers.

DC Cameron Hackett 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 most of the stolen vehicles back, around £50,000 worth are still missing. A car, a minibus and a van are still missing.”