Leicestershire Fire service Released this statement today.
Burglary at Central Fire Station
Just before midnight on Tuesday 30 April 2019, Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service was unfortunately subject to a burglary at one of its city fire stations.
A substantial amount of essential lifesaving equipment with an estimated value of £30,000 was taken from one of its appliances.
The theft of this specialist cutting equipment was a reckless act that not only puts lives of the local community at risk, but also has a financial impact on the Service with the cost of replacing the stolen equipment.
The specialist equipment is vital and is used by firefighters every day when dealing with road traffic collisions in the rapid extrication of people, and enables them to have the best possible chance of survival and recovery.
Paul Weston, Assistant Chief Fire and Rescue Officer, said: “To steal this equipment is totally irresponsible, showing a blatant disregard for public safety.
“This has the potential to prevent the nearest fire appliance responding to an incident. By not having the relevant equipment available it affects all of our communities.
“We are appealing for any members of the public that may have seen or heard anything, or know those responsible, to get in touch with Leicestershire Police and help us catch those that have done this, and prevent it from happening again.”
Police are appealing for any witnesses or information.
Police Statement also released today:-
Officers are appealing for witnesses after a burglary at a Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service building in Leicester.
The incident was reported to have taken place around 11.40pm yesterday (Tuesday 30 April) in Lancaster Road.
A door was forced open at the central fire station and Lukas battery operated hydraulic cutting equipment was stolen.
The suspect was disturbed and made off in a car which was waiting nearby and being driven by another person.
Officers would like to speak to anyone who may have been either walking or driving in the Lancaster Road area last night. Did you witness someone acting suspiciously or did you see the suspect running towards a waiting car?
If anyone has come across the equipment or knows someone who has recently acquired similar items they are asked to get in touch.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC 1908 Navekar on 101, quoting crime number 19*220178.