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Merrimack Valley

April 13, 2014

$200K in vehicles, heavy equipment stolen

Police seek 4 suspects in Woodworth Motors heist

ANDOVER — Where do you hide two flat-bed tow trucks, a front-end loader, two pick-up trucks, two enclosed trailers, a wood chipper, a snow plow and a partially filled street sander?

That’s what local police want to know after they say a group of four thieves drove or towed away more than $200,000 in vehicles and heavy equipment last week from a maintenance building at Woodworth Motors at the juncture of routes 28 and 133.

The brazen heist occurred last Saturday at about 8:30, according to police.

They say the four unknown suspects entered the maintenance building at 39 Haverhill St., then drove or hauled the items away. The building showed no signs of forced entry, they say.

According to a bulletin issued by Andover detectives to area police departments shortly after the heist: “The vehicles were last seen traveling west on Route 133/Haverhill Street.”

David Brown, manager of the dealership, said he was advised by Andover police not to comment on the incident.

Police Commander Charles Heseltine said the equipment was used by the dealership for maintenance and was not for sale.

In addition to the vehicles, also stolen were commercial license plates, two welders and a high-speed metal saw.

Andover put a notice out to area police departments through a regional radio network and entered the information into the National Crime Information Center. If the vehicles are found in another state, their information will show up in the NCIC and Andover police will be notified.

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