Robbers tie up driver and security guard and steal £5m of Apple products from lorry on M1

Robbers tied up a lorry driver and security guard before stealing £5 million of Apple products from their HGV.

Police said the gang hijacked the lorry, with the driver and guard inside, on the southbound slip road at Junction 18 of the M1 near Rugby, on Tuesday, November 10.

The thieves drove the HGV to Crick in Northamptonshire , where they transferred the trailer on to a waiting truck, and drove off – leaving the lorry driver and security guard behind.

The truck was later found across the county border in Turnpike Close, off Leicester Road in Lutterworth, in Leicestershire, where the offenders transferred the 48 pallets of Apple products into a third vehicle.

The haul included iPhone 11s, iPads, Air Pods, watches and chargers.

A Northamptonshire Police spokesperson said: “Police officers are appealing for witnesses after £5 million of Apple products were stolen from a lorry during a robbery on the M1 motorway.

“The incident took place on the southbound slip road at Junction 18 of the M1, between 7.45pm and 8pm on Tuesday, November 10, when the lorry driver and security guard were targeted and tied up.

“The lorry was driven to Eldon Close in Crick, where the offenders transferred the trailer on to an awaiting truck, and drove off leaving the lorry driver and security guard behind.

“The truck was later found across the county border in Lutterworth, where it is believed the offenders transferred the 48 pallets of Apple products into a third vehicle.

“Officers would like to speak to anyone who may have seen a number of vehicles on the slip road at Junction 18 between the stated times, which may have looked out of place, or who may have dash-cam footage of this area.

“They would also like to speak to anyone who may have been offered any Apple products for sale in unusual circumstances, or who knows of anyone who is selling such items at low-cost prices.

Contact Northamptonshire Police on 101.

Source – Leicester Mercury

 

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