Tyres worth an estimated £16,000 were stolen from a lorry in the early hours of Tuesday morning as the driver slept.
Police, from Selby in North Yorkshire, discovered the lorry – during one of their routine patrols along the A1 – on the southbound carriageway in Kirk Smeaton.
Police were drawn to the vehicle after spotting that the side of the vehicle had been ripped open, upon approaching the lorry and driver, they soon discovered that the tyres being transported by the Slovakian lorry were missing.
Due to the number of tyres taken, police believe a large vehicle was used and at least two culprits were involved in the theft.
On tyrepress.com, PC David Clark of Selby Police was quoted as saying, “The driver of the lorry believes that he heard something around 20 minutes before we discovered the theft, however the tyres could have been taken any time overnight.
“The thieves must have taken some time to remove the load and there must have been at least two people involved. As well as stealing the tyres, they also made an unsuccessful attempt to enter the diesel tank.”
The stolen items – up to 100 Pirelli tyres – were mainly 17-inch and 19-inch sizes.
The police have appealed to the public to get in touch – call 0845 60 60 24 7, quoting reference number 12110097321 – if they have been offered tyres that match the description.