Detectives are appealing for information after more than £90,000 worth of outdoor jackets were stolen from a Barnsley haulage yard.
A gang of thieves broke through security fencing at A Davis Transport Ltd, on Fallbank Industrial Estate, Dodworth, and took more than 5,500 TOG24 garments from a trailer.
The culprits carried the jackets in around 280 boxes to their getaway vehicle, parked in a nearby field.
Police are now appealing for anyone with information about the sale of these jackets or anyone who may have inadvertently bought one, to get in touch.
The theft happened sometime between noon on Saturday, 7 December and 4am on Monday, 9 December last year.
Said DC Steve Mason, of South Yorkshire Police: “The offenders will have taken a long time to load up the vast quantity of jackets, which were men’s, women’s and children’s in different styles and sizes.
“We believe the thieves are part of an organised criminal group and that this was a targeted attack.
“They are likely to have distributed the stolen items over the Christmas period, passed them to handlers or sold them to members of the public in South and West Yorkshire.”
The men’s and women’s jackets were Yalta style. The men’s were a combination of black and petrol marl, while the women’s were petrol and aqua marl coloured.
The children’s garments were Convert style and coloured raspberry, indica, black and new blue.
Crucially the jackets contained unique order numbers, printed on the label, that were specific to the consignment. The number for the adult jackets is 132090 and for the children’s it is 132093.
Continued DC Mason: “We’re appealing for any information regarding the possible sale of these jackets or the location of the stolen items.
“We also want to alert people in case they are offered any of these garments.”
Anyone with information should contact South Yorkshire Police on: 101 and quote incident number 136 of 9 December, 2013, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on: 0800 555111.