Combined Industries Theft Solutions

December 2022


CITS have been informed of a potential fraudster - ‘Chloe Platt’ - who hired a Kubota excavator from a plant-hire company based in Rugely, Staffordshire. She paid for a two-day hire using a credit card and left with the machine. She returned the following morning and hired a road-towable chipper, paying in advance by credit card once again.

On both occasions she presented what appeared to be a valid driving licence, UK passport and utility bill.

When the plant-hire company called the lady to ask for the plant to be returned, they got no answer. The excavator had a working tracker fitted, which revealed its location to be in Leicester; however, the chipper did not have a tracker fitted, and so is unlikely to be recovered.

Another nearby hire company reported a similar incident several weeks earlier. A woman gave the same name and had hired an excavator and chipper, but on that occasion, both items were recovered from a site in Blackburn, Lancashire.

CCTV images have been captured of ‘Chloe Platt’ and her accomplice, along with vehicle they used. 

If these individuals attempt to hire from one of your outlets, please contact your local police, or notify the Opal Agricultural & Construction Equipment (ACE) policing unit at opal@westmercia.police.uk