A word of warning – if you’re offered a set of brand new Pirelli tyres at a price so cheap you think they must have fallen off the back of a lorry, they probably have!
Police in North Yorkshire are investigating the theft of a truckload of tyres in a lay-by on the A1, which appears to have taken place in a lay-by while the driver was asleep in the cab.
Up to 100 Pirelli tyres – with a total value of more than £16,000 – were stolen from a Slovakian registered lorry early on the morning of Tuesday June 14, according to Selby police.
Officers conducting routine patrols of truck stops in the area at around 1.45am on Tuesday June 14 discovered the theft from the lorry, which was parked in a lay-by on the A1 southbound carriageway in Kirk Smeaton at the junction with Middlefield Lane, according to Tyres and Accessories.
The officers noticed a large section of curtain had been cut out of the side of the vehicle, and taking the number of tyres stolen into account it is believed a large vehicle must have pulled up alongside the Slovakian HGV to carry out the theft.
PC David Clark of Selby Police said: “The driver of the lorry believes that he heard something around 20 minutes before we discovered the theft, however the tyres could have been taken any time overnight.
“The thieves must have taken sometime to remove the load and there must have been at least two people involved. As well as stealing the tyres, they also made an unsuccessful attempt to enter the diesel tank.”
According to Selby Police, the Pirelli tyres stolen from the lay-by are 17-inch passenger car and 19-inch 4×4 sizes; further fitment details were not given.
Anybody who has recently been offered tyres matching this description for sale should contact PC Clark on 0845 60 60 24 7, quoting reference number 12110097321.
Denna Bowman, Head Office