Land Rover’s Solihull factory was targeted previously by thieves that stole an estimated £1 million worth of engines in an identical style raid to the latest £3 million heist.
Earlier this week a gang used a HGV lorry tractor unit to enter the Jaguar Land Rover Lode Lane site in full view of security cameras and right under the noses of the security.
Police are currently looking for the perpetrators that actually returned to the scene just hours later to steal more engines in the same truck, which was unloaded in the Coventry area.
It was revealed by employees that this crime was kept under wraps by senior management, one worker said “The heist had been kept under wraps. We believe that only senior security staff and management have known about it, they are shocked at how it has happened.
“The company pulled in all the managers to a meeting to find out what had gone wrong. The ordinary workers probably knew nothing about it.
According to reports the similarities between the two raids is overwhelming, the logistics of both crimes are appear to be exactly the same, both used HGV tractor units that were driven through security gates into the depot and then hitched up to trailer units containing parts.
In both robberies lorries later returned to steal more engines and both vehicles were unloaded in the Coventry area.
According to sources the engines stolen in the similar style raid three years ago were valued at just under £1 million.
West Midlands Police has appealed for information pertaining to this weeks large scale theft of Jaguar Land Rover engines.
A statement added: “It is believed the engines were stolen from the Damson Lane site in Tile Hill sometime between late night Tuesday 31 January and the early hours of Wednesday 1 February.
“An articulated truck is believed to have entered the site twice, each time hooking up to trailers carrying the engines and then leaving again through the gate.
“The empty stolen trailers have since been located.
“Any information on the whereabouts of the engines or those involved in the thefts should be reported to Solihull police. “
Anyone with information should call police on 101.