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Scrap dealer left ‘devastated’ by theft from city yard
A businessman has been left “devastated” after thieves stole thousands of pounds-worth of alloy wheels from his firm in Bradford.
Tariq Ahmed said the theft of about 180 alloys – worth about £4,500 – from his Autoparts Salvage scrapyard hit him and his business hard.
The 36-year-old father-of-four slammed the culprits, saying: “I am devastated, absolutely distraught. It is my livelihood. They don’t think about the consequences.
“It is thousands of pounds taken away from you just like that.
“How would they feel if someone took something away from their family and friends or their mother, father, sister, brother, daughter or son? They are taking stuff away from my kids’ mouths.”
He added: “It is the aftermath and how you recover from it as well – the shock and the loss. You still have to carry on.”
Mr Ahmed said the theft happened overnight on Saturday September 28 into Sunday September 29.
He left work at 6pm on the Saturday and arrived back again at about 10am on the Sunday.
He said thieves had cut a padlock on a gate at the site in Handel Street, Listerhills, to gain entry, then avoided dogs Mr Ahmed has on site.
“The dogs were a bit sleepy,” he said. “I don’t know if they had been fed something.
“There were about 180 alloys missing, although not all of them were expensive – but at least half of them were £300 to £400 for a set of four. I also had five or six good sets that were given to me.”
Mr Ahmed, who lives in Allerton, said the incident would not cost him his business, but added: “I am not a big business. I cannot afford this sort of cost.
“But I am going to learn from my mistakes. I have spent £700 on CCTV.”
Mr Ahmed believes four or more people were responsible for the theft, simply because of the weight of the stuff they were moving.
He said a nearby company was checking its CCTV, and that a neighbour had spotted a white van parked up near the yard for 30 minutes. Mr Ahmed also said a group of four or five men were spotted running away from the yard towards Norcroft Street.
Mr Ahmed said: “I want to jog people’s memories, and for people to be aware of being offered alloy wheels.”
A police spokesman said officers were called to the scrapyard just before 11am on September 29. He added: “The raid is believed to have happened overnight Saturday into Sunday. The front gates, padlock and chain were damaged to gain entry to the premises.”
Police want to hear from any witnesses. Call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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