Red Bull ‘devastated’ after 60 trophies are stolen in break-inDec 08, 2014
Police are hunting a group of six men who drove through the front entrance of Red Bull Racing’s headquarters at Tilbrook and stole the trophies from a display cabinet in the reception area.
Night staff on duty at the factory were unharmed. Police called to the incident at 1.30am on Saturday have issued an appeal for witnesses.
Red Bull racing team principal Christian Horner (pictured) said: “We are obviously devastated by this serious factory break in, which saw offenders drive a vehicle through our front entrance and steal more than 60 trophies which took years and hard work to accumulate.
“The break-in caused significant damage and was very upsetting for our night officers who were on duty at the time. The offenders took items that not only did not belong to them, but which represented the efforts of a group of dedicated, hard-working individuals.
“Beyond the aggressive nature of this break-in, we are perplexed why anyone would take these trophies. The value to the team is of course extraordinarily high due to the sheer hard work and effort that went into winning each and every one. But their intrinsic value is low; they would be of little benefit to those outside of the team and, in addition to that, many of the trophies on display were replicas.
“The actions of these men mean it’s likely that we will have to make our site less accessible in the future, which will be unfair on the hundreds of fans that travel to visit our factory each year to see our trophies and our Formula One car.
“We would like to appeal to anyone who knows any information on the whereabouts of these trophies or the offenders involved to contact Thames Valley Police.”
Detectives investigating the incident say two cars were involved in the burglary – a silver 4×4 which was used to drive through the entrance and a further dark coloured, black or dark blue Mercedes estate car. Both are believed to have foreign number plates.
There is no description of the offenders available at this time, although they are all believed to be men, wearing dark clothing.
Anyone with information should contact Milton Keynes Force CID on the Thames Valley Police non-emergency enquiry centre number 101or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.