Whilst Datatag’s Police Liaison Managers Nick Mayell and Vince Wise were hosting a Plant Identification Training Seminar in Newcastle, Datatag’s 24/7 Contact Centre received a call from a prospective buyer of a JCB roller and a Thwaites dumper, concerned that the price was just too good to be true.
Bearing the iconic CESAR identification triangles it was a simple job to trace them on the secure database and it wasn’t a surprise to find both had been reported as stolen!
Whilst the caller didn’t have an address he was able to give an approximate location in Cheshire so the very next day, following a 3 hour search of the area, Nick and Officers from Cheshire Police managed to locate the machines, valued at approximately £20,000 in Nantwich. Alongside them was found a washing plant mounted on an Ifor Williams trailer which belonged to a company in Gloucester. All the items found on the CESAR database were flagged as stolen from the West Midlands area six weeks earlier.
The JCB valued at £12,000 belonged to TJ Morris, but as the machine had not yet received an insurance pay out from insurer Aviva, TJ Morris can now avoid a claim, which could have resulted in higher insurance premiums. And whilst the seller was not apprehended at the time his details have been passed onto the police for further investigation.
This recovery demonstrates not only the ease of which prospective buyers can avoid a costly mistake in buying stolen plant but also the lengths Datatag’s Team will go to recover it.