Northallerton police are appealing for witnesses after a heavy goods vehicle was stolen from a local steel works.
The white a black ERF lorry, which was loaded up with a seven-and-a-half tonne sheet of steel valued at £5,500, was taken from the yard of Allerton Steel Works, Thurston Road, at 11.15pm on Saturday 10 December 2011.
Officers, who have been making extensive enquiries including checking CCTV footage and ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) cameras, believe that the vehicle was taken out of North Yorkshire and into Lancashire.
Police would like to hear from anyone who knows where the HGV is, or saw any suspicious activity in Thurston Road around the time of the incident, to get in touch.
PC Doug Miller, of Northallerton police, said:
This incident has caused a great deal of inconvenience and expense to the steel works and I would appeal to anyone who can help our enquiries to get in touch.
If you were in the area around the time of the theft and you remember seeing anything unusual, please contact the police or Crimestoppers with information.
Anyone who can help the police with their enquiries is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police, on 0845 60 60 24 7 – select option 2 – and ask for PC Doug Miller, or Northallerton police.
Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting reference number 12110208411.