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Police investigating ram raid burglary on Hugo Boss store in Leeds

West Yorkshire Police are investigating a ram raid burglary at a designer clothes shop in Leeds.

The suspects are believed to have used two vehicles to force their way into Hugo Boss store, in Vicar Lane, just after 8pm last night.

First, they used bolt croppers to cut the locks on steel bollards protecting the front of the store. One vehicle, a Nissan pick-up truck, was then reversed into the front of the store several times, breaking the display window.

The suspects filled large builder’s bags with clothing, before leaving the scene in the vehicles.

The silver Ford Fiesta, registration YH07EBU, was found abandoned in Aysgarth Drive, East End Park, a short time later and the black Nissan Navara, registration EX55KUN, was found in Lower Brunswick Street this morning.

The detective leading the investigation said it was "a planned and organised burglary".

“This was clearly been a planned and organised burglary targeting the high-value clothing that the store sells.

“We are continuing to carry out extensive enquiries, including checks on CCTV in the area, and around the vehicles involved.

“We would like to speak to people who witnessed the incident, particularly anyone who filmed the offence in progress on their phones.

“We are also keen to speak to anyone who has seen either of the vehicles involved at any time leading up to the incident or who witnessed anything at the locations where they were found abandoned.

"We are still liaising with the business to establish exactly what items were taken but in the meantime we would ask anyone to contact us if they are aware of Hugo Boss clothing being offered for sale in suspicious circumstances.

“We fully appreciate that incidents of this nature in the city centre cause understandable concern to the public and to the business community and our colleagues in the city neighbourhood policing team are working to provide suitable reassurance and advice following this incident.”

– Detective Inspector James Entwistle, of Leeds District CID

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.