Thieves smash their way into business premises using forklift truck

The forklift truck was rammed through the door and metal shutter at MFL Plant Machinery. Pic by PSNI Magherafelt
The forklift truck was rammed through the door and metal shutter at MFL Plant Machinery. Pic by PSNI Magherafelt

Police officers are hunting thieves who used a forklift truck to smash their way into commercial premises in Maghera before making off with a number of power tools.

The break-in occurred at the MFL Plant Machinery unit in Sperrin View Business Park in the early hours of Tuesday, March 13.

A number of power tools were stolen during the burglary at MFL Plant Machinery. Pic by PSNI Magherafelt

A number of power tools were stolen during the burglary at MFL Plant Machinery. Pic by PSNI Magherafelt

A PSNI spokesperson said: “At some point between 3am and 4am a forklift was driven through the front doors of the premises and a number of Milwaukee power tools were stolen.

“It is believed two men were involved and along with the items stolen, significant damage was caused to the building as a result of the incident.”

Appealing for witnesses to come forward, the spokesperson added: “The business is located opposite the filling station at the bottom of the Glenshane Pass and we know from CCTV a number of vehicles passed during the burglary. Were you one of those driving on the A6 Glenshane or the Glen Road around 4am on the 13th? Did you see any other vehicles pass you? Notice anyone out walking?

“If you have any information or if you noticed any suspicious activity in the area, contact police on 101 quoting reference number 130 of 13/03/18. Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”