The bizarre case of the seafood swindle

Thousands of pounds of prawns were stolen from outside Laeso Fish Ltd in Peterhead.
Thousands of pounds of prawns were stolen from outside Laeso Fish Ltd in Peterhead.
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Investigators have been left scratching their heads one week on from a massive seafood heist in Peterhead.

A lorry loaded with prawns was stolen from a fish factory and later found abandoned at a service station in Bolton.

The £100,000 container was nabbed from the Laeso Fish factory on Sunday night and Police Scotland are continuing their appeal for witnesses to come forward.

The contents of the trailer were valued at a ‘mid five-figure sum of money’ although it is not known how such a large quantity of stolen seafood could be sold before it went bad.

Officers believe the incident took place at the firm’s base in Dales Industrial Estate between 10-11pm on Sunday, June 29.

The trailer has since been recovered empty in the Bolton area and officers are appealing to the public for help in identifying the tractor unit which was used to steal it.

It is described as white in colour and has distinctive markings of ‘Peterhead Transport’ in red writing. The HGV tractor unit used to remove the trailer is white and blue in colour, with a grey stripe.

Police are looking for anybody with any information regarding a white or silver coloured Volkswagen Golf which they believe could be connected as it was seen in the area at the time and subsequently seen in convoy with the lorry.

Detective Constable Julie Wilson said: “If anybody recognises the description of the trailer or the tractor unit and believes they may have seen it travelling in and around the Aberdeenshire area late on Sunday night and possibly into the early hours of Monday morning, they are urged to get in touch.

“If anybody believes they have seen either of these vehicles in convoy or believes they may have seen them in the Aberdeenshire area at the time of the theft then we would ask that they contact us on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”