The independent charity Crimestoppers has teamed up with Ace European Group to offer a reward of up to £50,000 for information relating to the theft of over four hundred cartons of designer jeans.
he independent charity Crimestoppers has teamed up with Ace European Group to offer a reward of up to £50,000 for information relating to the theft of over four hundred cartons of designer jeans.
The appeal is for information related to the incident which occurred on Tuesday 4 May, 2013, between the hours of 9am and 9.50am. The HGV carrying the designer jeans was stopped on Eastman Way in Hemel Hempstead. The driver was asked if he had the load from Italy and instructed him to an area that was not a storage unit. A man climbed into the lorry and instructed the driver to another area where there was a waiting blue HGV. There were two other men near this truck. They unloaded the entire contents of the first HGV onto theirs and signed the delivery note before driving off in an unknown direction.
The male who made the first contact is described as a white male, approximately 60 years old, about 1.7m tall, slim build, clean shaven, possibly grey hair and was wearing navy work trousers and matching long sleeved jacket.
The second male is described as a white male, ear length straight brown hair, about 1.83m tall, aged about 30 years old, clean shaven, medium build and was wearing a yellow/green high visibility vest, white jumper and safety boots.
The third male who was driving the blue suspect lorry is described as a white male, 1.83m tall, medium build, brown hair, clean shaven and was wearing safety boots and a high visibility vest.
The company are now offering a reward of up to £50,000 to anyone who can provide information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the offence.
Ann Scott, Crimestoppers Eastern Regional Manager, said: “We need the public to come forward to Crimestoppers if they saw or heard anything suspicious that morning in the area or have information on who was involved. Perhaps they have been offered cheap designer jeans recently or someone has confessed to being involved. You have nothing to fear by contacting Crimestoppers as we will take information anonymously on our 0800 555 111 number or through our website by using our Anonymous Online Form. We do not ask for your name or take any personal details. We do not trace calls or IP addresses and we do not record our calls. Those giving information will not have to give a statement to Police or go to court. In the 25 years that we have been running the charity has never broken its promise of anonymity”.
The company assurers added: “The theft has caused considerable disruption to the assured’s business due to the reduced supply of garments to their wholesale customers. This has had an adverse effect on current trading and will also adversely impact on next year’s sales. Moreover due to a possible increase in the assured’s insurance premiums due to the loss it is likely that in the future this will be reflected in higher retail prices in the high street”.
Individuals will only qualify for the reward by passing on information anonymously to Crimestoppers through its 0800 555 111 number. When claiming a reward the caller will still remain anonymous. Information can also be given using the Anonymous Online Form but a reward cannot be claimed this way.