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Witham: Five arrested after £100k of boots stolen
2:19pm Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
Five men have been arrested after £100,000 of boots were stolen from a lorry.
Officers were called to Eastways shortly before 4am today after a driver reported that a group of men were unloading boxes from his truck.
More than 1,400 pairs of boots, with a retail value of £100,000, were taken from the lorry.
An extensive search was carried out on main routes through the county and a car and a lorry were stopped at 4.20am on the A130 near Rettendon.
A people carrier was stopped at Basildon a few minutes later.
A second van was found abandoned in Rainham, east London.
Five men from Essex and east London were arrested on suspicion of theft. They all remain in custody this afternoon.
A quantity of stolen items were recovered and enquiries are continuing.
Any witnesses or anyone who saw several vehicles parked in suspicious circumstances at Eastways in the early hours of today, should contact DS Becky Young or members of her teams at Braintree CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
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