This is a Police appeal sent to ALL Neighbourhood Watch members across Leicestershire & Rutland.
Police are asking Christmas shoppers to contact them if they are approached by someone trying to sell distinctive batteries which haven't yet been released for sale in the UK.
The batteries were stolen from a container held in Centurian Way sometime between 7.15pm on Tuesday October 25 and 8.12am the following morning (Wednesday October 26). The stolen batteries, Maxell AAA and AA, were worth approximately £35,000 and police are looking into the possibility that they are being sold in the Leicester area.
So far as part of the investigation a 26-year-old man has been arrested in relation to proceeds of crime offences and received a police reprimand.
A reward has been offered for information leading to the return of the stolen batteries.
PC Tracey Horne, the investigating officer, said: "At this time of year people will be out doing their Christmas shopping and will more than likely be looking to purchase batteries too.
"The stolen batteries are distinctive as they have the number 4+2 written on the packaging. No other Maxell batteries have this and so if you do spot them then we urge you to call us immediately. The owners are very keen to have their stock returned and a reward has been offered."
Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC 4039 Tracey Horne by dialing 101. Follow the instructions to leave a message for a police officer, and when prompted key in the officer's identification number 4039. Alternatively, you may contact Crimestoppers, which is free* and anonymous, on 0800 555 111. * Please note, some mobile phone networks may charge for this call.
Issued on 16/11/11 at 11:31
Crime reference number: LB/03842/11-5