Criminals Steal £3 Million in Engines from Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull Plant

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Straight out of the Italian Job: thieves make off with £3 million in engines from Jaguar Land Rover assembly plant.

Jaguar Land Rover has been the victim of thievery. In a rather wild turn of events, criminals have broken into the company’s Solihull assembly plant and stolen £3 million in engines. You would be forgiven for thinking that this sounds like something straight out of the Italian Job or the latest Fast & Furious flick.

The criminals stole a 40-ton lorry (big rig for our American audience) and stole the engines in two back-to-back heists. Things become quite bizarre when details leaked that they drove through a manned security station without forcible entry. From there, the thieves accomplished the deed in just 6 minutes. Yes, 6 minutes. They also managed to arrange for sufficient documentation to leave the premises without issue. After unloading the stolen goods, the bandits returned to the Solihull plant again, without issue, loaded up more engines and left.

Investigators later found the truck and trailers in Coventry. Jaguar Land Rover is working with the authorities to find the culprits involved. Initial police speculation is that of an inside job, due to the nature of the details of the crime. JLR has advised that there is a reward involved for those who can provide information.

[via BBC & Birmingham Mail]


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