Thieves drive tractors through hedge in Oxfordshire raid

Police are appealing for information after two tractors and a forklift were driven through a hedge and stolen from a property in south Oxfordshire.

The raid happened in the Gallowstree Common area between 5.30pm and 6pm on Sunday 17 May.

The vehicles were driven onto Horsepond Road, but the forklift was found abandoned on Kidmore End Road and one of the two tractors has since been recovered.

See also: Farm security advice to combat rural crime

A 62-year-old man of no fixed abode, a 39-year-old man of no fixed abode and a 44-year-old man from Greenwich, London, were all arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle on 26 May.

They have all been released under investigation.

The tractor still outstanding is a small green Claas Atos 340 (pictured).

Claas Alto 340 tractor

Anyone with information should contact Thames Valley Police on 101, quoting reference 43200145285.

Tractor security

  • Sign up to Cesar, an agricultural equipment registration scheme, which increases the chance of recovering stolen goods by helping police identify stolen machinery.
  • Have the vehicle identification number etched on windows. This makes the vehicle more detectable and less appealing to thieves, because they have to grind out the numbers.
  • Install immobilisers, chip keys and trackers, as these are a simple way to deter criminals or track vehicles and can be fitted easily by an experienced agricultural engineer.

Source: NFU Mutual

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