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Police hope CCTV will help catch gang after raid on Lichfield business

Police are hoping that a TV appeal will help them catch a gang of robbers who targeted a business in Lichfield.

CCTV of the raiders entering the NextiraOne premises

CCTV of the raiders entering the NextiraOne premises

CCTV footage of 17 offenders smashing their way into the NextiraOne premises at Wall Island appeared on the BBC’s Crimewatch programme last night (January 26).

The raid happened shortly after 12.30am on August 11, 2011, and saw the gang manhandle and threaten a security guard with knives and a hammer before stealing computer servers, plasma TV screens and laptops worth over £10,000 in total.

Inspector Jed White, Lichfield Local Policing Team Commander, said: “This was a pre-planned robbery which targeted a business based near to main traffic routes.

“It was unusual due to the large number of offenders involved and the level of violence used to enter the premises – captured on the CCTV images shown on Crimewatch.

“We believe there were 19 offenders in total, 17 of whom entered the building. They travelled into the area – possibly from areas bordering Staffordshire – in five vehicles. Although the men were masked, we’re hoping people might recognise them through their clothing, footwear or gait.

“They put some of the stolen items in a distinctive dark red and cream patterned duvet cover which someone may also be familiar with.

“We’re carrying out a thorough investigation and are keen for anyone with information to contact our detectives on 01785 234735 or Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 27 of 11 August.”

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