VIDEO: Another Land Rover stolen - this time thieves strike in Westhoughton

The stolen Land Rover dumped in Hindley Green

The stolen Land Rover before the theft

Robert Mansfield

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ANOTHER Land Rover has been stolen in Bolton — the fourth to be taken in three months.

The theft, on December 29 in Westhoughton, follows similar incidents in Horwich, Heaton and Astley Bridge, and police said they could not rule out a link between the crimes.

Watch CCTV of the theft here:

Robert Mansfield, aged 36, of Chelmer Close, had worked hard to rebuild and modify his Land Rover 90 before it was stolen.

He later saw the wreckage of his car after it had been dumped in Hindley Green.

Mr Mansfield said: “I have CCTV which showed the men stealing the car. It took two minutes.

“I presume they put something in the lock and then hot-wired it.

“It was a Land Rover 90 and I had worked hard to rebuild it, so I was gutted when someone in Hindley Green spotted it on its roof, having been stripped of its parts and destroyed.

“It looks like these cars are being targeted for parts.

“The older ones are quite easy to steal because the locks aren’t very good.

“Mine was very similar to the one that was taken in Horwich, which I saw in The Bolton News.”

Mr Mansfield said the theft came at a bad time because his other car had a fault and was in the garage.

The Land Rover enthusiast is now hoping his insurance will cover him for a new vehicle, although he said he will be choosing a more modern version as it will be more difficult to steal.

A police spokesman said: “No arrests have been made so far and enquiries into this incident are ongoing.”

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9:24am Sat 18 Jan 14

Wolfie190 says...

The police have something to go on with this case (not that they're interested) but Id expect the others will have been broken in a garage or shipped straight out not just dumped locally and a few parts stolen.
The police have something to go on with this case (not that they're interested) but Id expect the others will have been broken in a garage or shipped straight out not just dumped locally and a few parts stolen. Wolfie190
  • Score: 9

9:36am Sun 19 Jan 14

danssoncabaret says...

Wolfie190 wrote:
The police have something to go on with this case (not that they're interested) but Id expect the others will have been broken in a garage or shipped straight out not just dumped locally and a few parts stolen.
What have the police to go on? The CCTV wasn't good, unless there's more footage actually showing the thief. I hope they are caught soon. It must be heart breaking for the victims.
[quote][p][bold]Wolfie190[/bold] wrote: The police have something to go on with this case (not that they're interested) but Id expect the others will have been broken in a garage or shipped straight out not just dumped locally and a few parts stolen.[/p][/quote]What have the police to go on? The CCTV wasn't good, unless there's more footage actually showing the thief. I hope they are caught soon. It must be heart breaking for the victims. danssoncabaret
  • Score: -1

9:58am Sun 19 Jan 14

Wolfie190 says...

danssoncabaret wrote:
Wolfie190 wrote:
The police have something to go on with this case (not that they're interested) but Id expect the others will have been broken in a garage or shipped straight out not just dumped locally and a few parts stolen.
What have the police to go on? The CCTV wasn't good, unless there's more footage actually showing the thief. I hope they are caught soon. It must be heart breaking for the victims.
There is more CCTV footage, they can see how the vehicle was started/stolen and a good chance there well be witnesses seeing it get dumped and stripped. This one may not be connected to the others if the the others are connected anyway.
[quote][p][bold]danssoncabaret[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wolfie190[/bold] wrote: The police have something to go on with this case (not that they're interested) but Id expect the others will have been broken in a garage or shipped straight out not just dumped locally and a few parts stolen.[/p][/quote]What have the police to go on? The CCTV wasn't good, unless there's more footage actually showing the thief. I hope they are caught soon. It must be heart breaking for the victims.[/p][/quote]There is more CCTV footage, they can see how the vehicle was started/stolen and a good chance there well be witnesses seeing it get dumped and stripped. This one may not be connected to the others if the the others are connected anyway. Wolfie190
  • Score: 3

12:11pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Again - GPRS tracking devices installed will catch the culprits.
Again - GPRS tracking devices installed will catch the culprits. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 1

12:59pm Sun 19 Jan 14

HOOSIER says...

danssoncabaret wrote:
Wolfie190 wrote:
The police have something to go on with this case (not that they're interested) but Id expect the others will have been broken in a garage or shipped straight out not just dumped locally and a few parts stolen.
What have the police to go on? The CCTV wasn't good, unless there's more footage actually showing the thief. I hope they are caught soon. It must be heart breaking for the victims.
When a car is dumped forensics can look for dna . It's hard not to leave any dna when driving and stripping a car
[quote][p][bold]danssoncabaret[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wolfie190[/bold] wrote: The police have something to go on with this case (not that they're interested) but Id expect the others will have been broken in a garage or shipped straight out not just dumped locally and a few parts stolen.[/p][/quote]What have the police to go on? The CCTV wasn't good, unless there's more footage actually showing the thief. I hope they are caught soon. It must be heart breaking for the victims.[/p][/quote]When a car is dumped forensics can look for dna . It's hard not to leave any dna when driving and stripping a car HOOSIER
  • Score: 2

10:21am Mon 20 Jan 14

landyman77 says...

danssoncabaret wrote:
Wolfie190 wrote:
The police have something to go on with this case (not that they're interested) but Id expect the others will have been broken in a garage or shipped straight out not just dumped locally and a few parts stolen.
What have the police to go on? The CCTV wasn't good, unless there's more footage actually showing the thief. I hope they are caught soon. It must be heart breaking for the victims.
What they've cut from the video is a white ford focus estate pulling up first and pausing for a good minute or so then the reflection of somebody walking across the garden in the minibus. And also the fact the car had an alarm and imobiliser and they bypassed it.
[quote][p][bold]danssoncabaret[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wolfie190[/bold] wrote: The police have something to go on with this case (not that they're interested) but Id expect the others will have been broken in a garage or shipped straight out not just dumped locally and a few parts stolen.[/p][/quote]What have the police to go on? The CCTV wasn't good, unless there's more footage actually showing the thief. I hope they are caught soon. It must be heart breaking for the victims.[/p][/quote]What they've cut from the video is a white ford focus estate pulling up first and pausing for a good minute or so then the reflection of somebody walking across the garden in the minibus. And also the fact the car had an alarm and imobiliser and they bypassed it. landyman77
  • Score: 3

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