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Two arrested over Ryedale council fuel thefts in Malton
3:00pm Wednesday 14th August 2013 in News
POLICE have arrested two men over the theft of almost £700 worth of diesel from council vehicles in Malton.
The two suspects, a 30-year-old man from Middlesbrough and a 25-year-old man from Redcar, were identified after police examined CCTV of the depot on Showfield Lane and the surrounding area, and tracked them their homes. They are now in custody.
Fuel was siphoned from four vans at Ryedale District Council’s depot on Showfield Lane between 4.30pm on Friday, August 2 and 5.30am on Monday, August 5.
Police believe the thieves scaled a six foot high fence and forced open the fuel tanks before climbing back over the fence.
Inspector Andy Everitt from Ryedale police said: “There has been some outstanding police work to trace and arrest the suspects in connection with the investigation.
“We are working closely with colleagues at Cleveland Police as enquires continue, as well as with Ryedale District Council who have since reviewed security arrangements at the depot.”
Insp Everitt added: “This incident highlights the sheer determination of North Yorkshire Police and our partners to hit back at suspected criminals who think they can prey on our rural communities.
Phil Long, Head of Environment for Ryedale District Council, said: “We are delighted that this partnership effort between Ryedale District Council and North Yorkshire Police has had such a positive result."
Anyone with information that could assist the investigation is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for Andrew Pomfret, pr email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information can be passed on anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Please quote reference 12130132731 when passing on information about this incident.