Police have released CCTV video of two would-be thieves who were foiled when trying to steal a £4,000 generator.

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The two suspects were caught on security cameras attempting to steal the generator from Brandon Tool Hire in Writtle Road, Chelmsford. The incident happened at around 12.30pm on Tuesday.

Two men turned up in a white Ford Transit van and pulled up in an alley near the firm’s yard.

They tried to drag the generator, which was being stored on a trolley, towards their van, but a witness working nearby caught the men in the act and raised the alarm, causing the two men to abandon their loot and flee.

Police carried out enquiries in the area but found no trace of the van.

Investigating officer PC Rob Bentley said: “Two men just walked into the yard and thought they could help themselves to a bulky and heavy generator. Luckily they were spotted by a man working on scaffolding nearby, but they drove away before police could be called.

“We want to warn other firms in the area, particularly tool hire shops, to be vigilant about security in yards that can be accessed by the public.

“We would also like to hear from anyone who might have seen these men and the van hanging around in the area on Tuesday or from anyone who has any information about them.”

Anyone who can help should contact Pc Bentley at Chelmsford Neighbourhood Crime Team on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

You can view the video on Essex Police’s YouTube channel.

5 comments

  • No lee davis YOU work it out... Dale craven is right since when is chelmsford local to ipswich.??? Maybe if you spent some time at school you may have studied geography and kearnt that chelmsford is in essex wich is not local to ipswich ( ipswich being in suffolk )

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    Mr cynical

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Dale Craven work it out. Maybe another local town has had the same happen to them, this local news in a local paper may lead to an arr est maybe some one in Ipswich recognises them. This is a good thing Chelmsford is local, oh wait let's stop the press a narrow minded reader doesn't fully understand the principals of local. The local area doesn't stop at the end of your garden.

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    Lee Davies

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • @ dale craven, erm.... EAST Anglian Daily Times.... Chelmsford is in Essex, Essex is our neighbouring county here in the EAST. That aside from the fact, these crooks might reside in Suffolk so readers here may well be able to identify them?

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    equalibrium

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Dale Craven work it out. Maybe another local town has had the same happen to them, this local news in a local paper may lead to an arr est maybe some one in Ipswich recognises them. This is a good thing Chelmsford is local, oh wait let's stop the press a narrow minded reader doesn't fully understand the principals of local. The local area doesn't stop at the end of your garden.

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    Lee Davies

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • welcome to the chelmsford evening star - might check out chelmsford newspapers for ipswich coverage

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    dale craven

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

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