CCTV appeal after thieves steal valuable metal ingots in Sheffield

CCTV images have been released after thieves stole a set of valuable pewter ingots from a Sheffield manufacturer.

Thursday, 22nd July 2021, 8:39 am
Updated Thursday, 22nd July 2021, 8:39 am

The English Pewter Company on Petre Street has shared the pictures after two men pulled up to their factory, snuck in through an open shutter and carried out armfuls of the solid metal sheets.

When they tried to return for a second haul, the masked men were confronted by members of staff, causing them to run to their silver Saab 9-3 and speed off.

The business is asking anyone who recognises the men pictured or has any information about the incident, which happened on Monday, July 19, at 3.50pm, to contact the police.

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Two men were caught on CCTV stealing solid pewter ignots from Sheffield's English Pewter Company on Petre Street.
Two men were caught on CCTV stealing solid pewter ignots from Sheffield's English Pewter Company on Petre Street.

Managing director Jason Sharp said the theft was “the last thing the business needed” after the struggles of the pandemic.

He said: “It could have been much worse. When they tried to leave the first time, they knocked an industrial fan which alerted a member of staff to what was happening.

"We only had the metal shutter open because of the heat this week. You’ve got to be so, so careful.

"I just feel like at at time when businesses have had it tough anyway, and when staff are doing a fantastic job of getting us back to where we were, it’s just the last thing we need.

One of the men carries away a solid pewter ignot.

"It’s just frustrating.”

Jason says the brazen daylight theft comes after the business was targeted in a ram raid in February.

Anyone with information about the theft can call South Yorkshire Police on 101 and quote incident number 624-19-7, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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The two men look into the manufacturer's shop floor before brazenly walking in.
The two men carrying the stolen ignots out to their car.
The two men ran to their car after they were confronted by a member of staff.