Police are looking for three men who stole a huge 12 tonne scrap compressor from a depot in Avonmouth in Bristol.
It was taken from King Lifting’s Bristol depot in Third Way some time after 8pm last night.
Officers think it was taken for its high scrap value – thought to be more than £6,000.
The suspects, who may have been wearing fluorescent tabards, forced their way in and tried to lift the compressor using a 35 tonne crane, which was damaged in the process and will cost £3,000 to replace.
They then used an 80 tonne crane to lift the machine onto a Scania truck and drove off.
Police would like to hear from anyone who saw what happened or spotted the van in the area.