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Sunday 19 November 2017

Eagle-eyed customer spots stolen tractor in Cambridge

AN EAGLE-EYED customer turned Sherlock Holmes assisted the Enniscorthy Motor Company retrieve a tractor stolen from the company on the Old Dublin Road. The firm lost a New Holland TM140 which after it paid for with a forged € 35,000 bank draft last month.

However, the machine later turned up at a tractor auction in Cambridge, where it was spotted by a Motor Company client from Athy. The authorities were notified and the stolen property returned to its rightful owners.

' Cambridge tractor auctions are a legitimate concern but there have been a few stolen tractors sold out of it,' said a grateful Liam O'Shaughnessy.

' This was an elaborate scam but they won't get away with it as easily again.' The man from the Motor Company expressed gratitude not only to their friend from Athy, but also to the Gardaí who put a crack team of detectives on to the case. The machine that turned up in Cambridge had been given a radical makeover in an effort to disguise its origins.

It had been re-badged as a TM130, with the back arms and front linkage removed. The fraudsters even went to the bother of changing the serial number on the chassis. The County Kildare man, alerted by publicity surrounding the case, noticed that the badging was incorrect and contacted Enniscorthy. Staff at the Motor Company briefed him on exactly what to look out for and then notified the authorities who lost no time in impounding the vehicle. It is now back on sale in Enniscorthy.

The Cambridge auctions are one of the largest sales of agricultural machinery in the world, disposing of around 500 tractors each month.

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