Three overnight ram raids in Lincolnshire “connected”, police suspect

Lincolnshire Police are investigating three overnight ram raids which are believed to be connected.

The ram raids all occurred overnight on March 21 and 22 in Tealby, Horncastle and Hainton.

The first offence took place at 11.10pm when a vehicle appears to have ploughed into the shop and reception area at a garage on Rasen Road in Tealby.

Police do not know at this stage what was stolen but have said that “substantial damage” was caused to the premises.

A second ram raid was reported to the force at 1.49am, this time at an agricultural machinery and equipment dealership on West Street in Horncastle.

Damage was caused to the building but it is not thought that anything was stolen.

A similar ram raid to gain entry to a farm building on Torrington Road in Hainton took place at 5.54am, just over four hours after the second offence.

Again, nothing is believed to have been stolen in the raid.

Police suspect that a white Ford Ranger pick-up truck stolen from Little Cawthorpe on the March 1 or 2 may be involved in the raids.

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The force is still investigating a bungled ram raid at Skellingthorpe near Lincoln over a month ago.

Inspector Richard Myszczyszyn of Louth Police said: “We suspect that these offences are connected and that the same vehicle was involved in all three.

“We ask that anyone who saw the offences take place or who saw anything suspicious in the vicinity of the three premises in the days leading up to the crimes get in touch.

“We are also keen to know where the stolen pick-up is now and where it may have been since it was stolen.

“If you have any information please call the 101 non-emergency number or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”

Anyone with information should quote the following incident numbers:

  • Incident 442 of March 21 – Tealby
  • Incident 17 of March 22 – Horncastle
  • Incident 32 of March 22 – Hainton