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    Combined Industries Theft Solutions

August 2023

THEFT ALERT - STOLEN HIRED PLANT & EQUIPMENT IN LONDON & SOUTH EAST

It has been reported to CITS, that individuals claiming to work for ‘Design Solutions’ hired plant and equipment from a London-based plant and tool hire business in London for two sites in Kent: Unit 2 Canal Road, Gravesend, DA12 2RS, and Old Gas Works, Brielle Way, Sheerness, ME12 1YW.

The fraudsters gave a company registration number 11469348; however, that number refers to a similar named, but slightly differently spelled company ‘Design Soloutions Limited’. This is an innocent company confirmed on Companies House

The fraudsters also provided insurance details from a company named 'Ascot Syndicate 1414 & Axis Speciality Europe SE' and this information is also false. The policy information belongs to a business in Liverpool with a different company name.

The items hired were:

  • Hyster H2.5XT(G) Gas Forklift Truck - 2.5tonne, serial no. A380B06528T
  • Dehaco DSG802 Selector Grab - 13tonne, serial no. 4056900
  • Red Rhino 5000+ Series Concrete Crusher, serial no. 5200017
  • MANITOU MI25G Gas Forklift Truck - 2.5tonne, serial no. 857824

A 13-tonne excavator was also hired but recovered from one of the sites. It was heavily damaged and most of its parts were missing.

The crime was reported to Kent Police on July 28th with the crime reference number 28-1422, and to Action Fraud who provided a crime reference of NFRC230806085840.

The missing equipment amounts to approximately £97,000 in value.

Please be aware, these individuals are still contacting hire companies in the London and Southeast area attempting to hire equipment.

THEFT ALERT - STOLEN HIRED PLANT AND EQUIPMENT IN LONDON AND SOUTH EAST