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'Tea leaves' steal thousands of teabags
Tuesday 4th December, 2007

Thieves in Wigan have stolen over 22,000 of tea bags in a warehouse raid.

Sometime overnight on Sunday 2 December to Monday 3 December 2007 the offenders cut open the secured gates at a distribution centre on Bankfield Road in Mosley Common.

The thieves kicked off the bottom panel of the door to the warehouse entrance and, once inside, used two forklift trucks to remove 46 pallets of Tetley teabags being stored there.

This amounts to over 7,000 packets of teabags worth around 22,500.

They loaded the teabags into a vehicle, closed the main warehouse shutter and secured the metal gates with clingfilm.

They then drove away.

Police Constable Kal Bhatti from Atherton local police said: "We are talking about a huge amount of stolen teabags here, and someone must know something about this. Such was the quantity that the thieves must have used a large truck to transport the tea away from the warehouse. Did you see a large vehicle in the area late on Sunday night? If you did, please get in touch.

"We'd also like to appeal to anyone who has been approached by someone trying to sell tea in bulk since the weekend. It is possible they could be linked to this crime. You can call Crimestoppers anonymously, but we need your help to catch these thieves."

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact police on 0161 856 7329 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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