Men tell of financial and emotional toll after thieves target their cars in Derbyshire

Two men say they have been affected both financially and emotionally after thieves targeted their cars in Derbyshire.

Tuesday, 30th March 2021, 12:19 pm
Updated Tuesday, 30th March 2021, 12:27 pm

Muhammad Shahzad Fareed and Raja Waseem Ahmed said they finished their shifts at the Amazon depot in Barlborough and discovered the catalytic converters had been stolen from both of their vehicles in the car park.

Thirty-two-year-old Muhammad, of Chesterfield, said: “The theft has cost us around £1,000 each – it’s not just affected us financially, it’s also affected us emotionally.”

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Theft victims Muhammad Shahzad Fareed and Raja Waseem Ahmed.

Muhammad and Raja, 38, of Sheffield, no longer work with Amazon.

“The car park is Amazon’s and it’s secured by Amberstone Security Services,” Muhammad said.

“How is it possible that someone could cut metal parts from two different cars and on-site security personnel didn’t hear or notice anything?

“It’s very much clear that Amazon doesn’t provide a safe and secure working environment.

“We worked really hard for Amazon – but they’re not bothered about what happened to us.”

We put Muhammad’s comments to Amazon and a spokesperson for the company said: “We continue to help police with their enquiries.”

Amberstone Security Services had not responded at the time of publication.

A Derbyshire Constabulary spokesperson said: “We received a report just before 7.10am on February 17 that the catalytic converters had been stolen from two vehicles, a white Toyota Prius and a grey Toyota Prius, in Barlborough.

“Both cars had been parked in a car park off Gander Lane overnight between February 16 and February 17.

“Officers believe they may have been targeted between 9pm and 10pm.”

Anyone with information about the crime should contact Derbyshire Constabulary.

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