DETECTIVES have arrested two men after the theft of three oil tankers from Ellesmere Port worth more than £300,000.
Between 6.15pm on Tuesday, May 3 and 1.45am on Wednesday, thieves stole three articulated lorries from an industrial unit on North Road, Ellesmere Port.
All three lorries were tankers laden with nearly £150,000 worth of diesel, bound for various locations throughout the UK.
Two of the tankers were recovered by police the following morning at Mere Brow, Preston.
Extensive enquiries led by officers from Ellesmere Port CID led to the recovery of the three tractor units and the third tanker in Widnes, Warrington and Skelmersdale. All the stolen vehicles have now been returned.
Two men aged 25 and 52 from Tarleton, Lancashire, have been arrested in relation to the incident and following interview, have been granted bail until June 30.
Detective Inspector Sharon Case said: “The vehicles stolen were not only valuable in themselves, but were laden with fuel at a time when fuel prices are on the increase.
“The co-ordinated policing response led to the swift recovery of the high value tankers to their rightful owner and the arrests of two individuals.
“We would appeal to anyone with any information in relation to this incident, or indeed any witnesses who may have been working in the area of Ellesmere Port at the time who may have seen anyone behaving suspiciously, to contact my team on 0845 4580000 quoting incident 45 of May 4.”