Ram-raiders target Spalding vacuum cleaner firm

A staff member of K D Appliances in Spalding with two of the types of reconditioned vacuum cleaners stolen in a raid overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
A staff member of K D Appliances in Spalding with two of the types of reconditioned vacuum cleaners stolen in a raid overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Raiders have stolen an estimated £15,000 worth of goods, mainly reconditioned vacuum cleaners, from a repair dealership in Spalding.

A gang targeted K D Appliances at the Stumps Lane Industrial Estate, near Springfields Outlet Shopping, where they broke in and stole about 80 reconditioned Dyson vacuum cleaners overnight between Wednesday and Thursday.

They also stole one of the firm’s vehicles which was used to drive through security gates before getting away, with the vehicle later found abandoned in Romford, Essex.

Business owner Ken Hazell said: “We’re a company that has refurbished used Dyson vacuum cleaners to sell on internet sites since 2004 and we’ve been down at Stumps Lane Industrial Estate for about a year.

“The gang broke into the building and took about 80 refurbished vacuum cleaners, tools and equipment, but no spare or refurbished parts.

“They also stole a vehicle and used it as a battering ram to drive through the security gates.

“When I came in and saw the devastation the next day, I carefully looked round and noticed that they had only taken the top products that were completed, refurbished and had absolutely nothing wrong with them.”

Mr Hazell claimed that other businesses on the estate had been targeted during attempted break-ins over the last two weeks.

K D Appliances, which employs four people, used to have a showroom in Spalding where an attempted break-in took place seven years ago.

Mr Hazell said: “When you’re selling products like these, it’s not hard to find buyers for them and I noticed that the people who broke in had left behind everything that was old or didn’t work.

“I think whoever did this knew about the products because I don’t think opportunist burglars would be that clued up.

“We’re not 100 per cent sure of everything that was taken but a rough estimate on the machines comes to about £10,000, along with the stolen vehicle at £3,000.”

A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said: “The vehicle taken during the burglary was recovered in Romford, Essex, on Friday, August 21. However, there is no further update and there have been no arrests at this time, although the investigation is ongoing.”

Anyone with information should call PC Andy Ketchley on 101, quoting incident number 71 of August 20.

You can also call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.