£100k of e-cigs stolen from Blackburn company

Police have released a CCTV image of the van they are looking for

£100k of e-cigs stolen from Blackburn company

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MORE than £100,000 worth of electronic cigarette kits have been stolen from a Blackburn company.

Thieves targeted The Electronic Cigarette Company, on the Shadsworth Business Park, breaking in and loading up a van.

Police have released a CCTV image of the white Vauxhall Vivaro vehicle they believe was used by the burglars.

They are now appealing for anybody who might have information to come forward.

The company’s general manager Neil Pritchard said the thieves loaded up the van over a seven minute period.

He said: “They have taken a substantial amount, which has impacted on us.

“We have had to work with our supply chain to try and minimise the impact this theft has had. There have been some disappointed customers, but we have done our best to look after them and upgrade them.”

It is believed the burglars were two men, one of whom was described as tall.

During the burglary, which happened around 6.45pm on March 23, a total of 3,390 TECC branded electronic cigarettes were taken.

Mr Pritchard said: “I would encourage anybody to come forward if they have been offered any of these items.

“This theft has impacted on our team. We work very hard to provide these items for our customers. We only moved here two months ago and this has upset everyone. The first we knew about it was when we came in on the Monday morning and there were spilled boxes of cigarettes at the back door and empty shelves.”

Sgt Paul Gaynor, from the Blackburn target team, said: “Should any members of the public be offered these items for sale or know the offenders using this vehicle, then please contact PC Whittaker at Blackburn Police.”

Anybody with information should call 101 quoting log reference LC-20140324-0211, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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9:00am Wed 2 Apr 14

adamdesk says...

look out for cheap e - cig on circulation and report it
look out for cheap e - cig on circulation and report it adamdesk
  • Score: 7

9:51am Wed 2 Apr 14

ChrisDeBerg says...

Described as 'Tall'...? You got any more info than that? How about a picture of the e-cig brand packaging??? If you want the public to help, give us a chance!!
Described as 'Tall'...? You got any more info than that? How about a picture of the e-cig brand packaging??? If you want the public to help, give us a chance!! ChrisDeBerg
  • Score: 21

9:52am Wed 2 Apr 14

Izanears says...

This is what you can expect when you get publicity.
This is what you can expect when you get publicity. Izanears
  • Score: 3

10:15am Wed 2 Apr 14

.Lancs _ Pensioner says...

Thats £100,000 gone up in smoke then.
Thats £100,000 gone up in smoke then. .Lancs _ Pensioner
  • Score: 8

10:16am Wed 2 Apr 14

ikap22 says...

Izanears wrote:
This is what you can expect when you get publicity.
Insurance job!
[quote][p][bold]Izanears[/bold] wrote: This is what you can expect when you get publicity.[/p][/quote]Insurance job! ikap22
  • Score: 11

11:59am Wed 2 Apr 14

:-)*_=¬^(~+/@:-) says...

WOW, they must be well serious about giving up smoking, best of luck.
WOW, they must be well serious about giving up smoking, best of luck. :-)*_=¬^(~+/@:-)
  • Score: 15

4:40pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Hillena says...

I have shared this with my fellow vapors in The Netherlands we will be looking out For cheap TECC products, what a blow this must be for the company
I have shared this with my fellow vapors in The Netherlands we will be looking out For cheap TECC products, what a blow this must be for the company Hillena
  • Score: 3

7:49pm Wed 2 Apr 14

supertrooper says...

So, we have a white van, two men, one tall the other not.
I`ll keep my eyes peeled!
So, we have a white van, two men, one tall the other not. I`ll keep my eyes peeled! supertrooper
  • Score: 7

9:51pm Wed 2 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Probably Welsh lol
Probably Welsh lol ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 5

9:52pm Wed 2 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

supertrooper wrote:
So, we have a white van, two men, one tall the other not.
I`ll keep my eyes peeled!
One maybe in uniform eh lol
[quote][p][bold]supertrooper[/bold] wrote: So, we have a white van, two men, one tall the other not. I`ll keep my eyes peeled![/p][/quote]One maybe in uniform eh lol ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 4

9:54pm Wed 2 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Hillena wrote:
I have shared this with my fellow vapors in The Netherlands we will be looking out For cheap TECC products, what a blow this must be for the company
Or Welsh stocking up before ban
[quote][p][bold]Hillena[/bold] wrote: I have shared this with my fellow vapors in The Netherlands we will be looking out For cheap TECC products, what a blow this must be for the company[/p][/quote]Or Welsh stocking up before ban ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 6

10:04pm Wed 2 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

adamdesk wrote:
look out for cheap e - cig on circulation and report it
You bet I will
[quote][p][bold]adamdesk[/bold] wrote: look out for cheap e - cig on circulation and report it[/p][/quote]You bet I will ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 3

10:06pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Cimbri says...

.Lancs _ Pensioner wrote:
Thats £100,000 gone up in smoke then.
E-cigs don't create smoke, it's a vapour. So it's gone missing, in a cloud of mist.

Sort of off topic..
I read that the Welsh (not the sharpest tools in the box), are going to ban smoking e-cigs in public places.
Good luck with that one, Boyo, as it means you don't want people using them on the streets, in English.
And, you wonder why, we think of you as, thick as Blackstrap molasses.
[quote][p][bold].Lancs _ Pensioner[/bold] wrote: Thats £100,000 gone up in smoke then.[/p][/quote]E-cigs don't create smoke, it's a vapour. So it's gone missing, in a cloud of mist. Sort of off topic.. I read that the Welsh (not the sharpest tools in the box), are going to ban smoking e-cigs in public places. Good luck with that one, Boyo, as it means you don't want people using them on the streets, in English. And, you wonder why, we think of you as, thick as Blackstrap molasses. Cimbri
  • Score: 4

11:36am Fri 4 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

supertrooper wrote:
So, we have a white van, two men, one tall the other not.
I`ll keep my eyes peeled!
Check the CCTV image looks like a white van lol
[quote][p][bold]supertrooper[/bold] wrote: So, we have a white van, two men, one tall the other not. I`ll keep my eyes peeled![/p][/quote]Check the CCTV image looks like a white van lol ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 3

11:38am Fri 4 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

ConcernedOssy wrote:
supertrooper wrote:
So, we have a white van, two men, one tall the other not.
I`ll keep my eyes peeled!
Check the CCTV image looks like a white van lol
Bet one tall looks like one tall and the other looks not
[quote][p][bold]ConcernedOssy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]supertrooper[/bold] wrote: So, we have a white van, two men, one tall the other not. I`ll keep my eyes peeled![/p][/quote]Check the CCTV image looks like a white van lol[/p][/quote]Bet one tall looks like one tall and the other looks not ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 2

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