Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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April 17, 2014

Woodworth Motors robbed of $200K in vehicles, equipment

Where do you hide two flat-bed tow trucks, a front-end loader, two pick-up trucks, two enclosed trailers, a wood chipper, a snow plow and a partially filled street sander?

That’s what local police want to know after they say a group of four thieves drove or towed away more than $200,000 in vehicles and heavy equipment from a maintenance building at Woodworth Motors at the juncture of routes 28 and 133.

The brazen heist occurred Saturday, April 5, at about 8:30 p.m., according to police.

They say the four unknown suspects entered the maintenance building at 39 Haverhill St., then made off with the items. The building showed no signs of forced entry, according to Commander Charles Heseltine.

The vehicles were last seen traveling west on Route 133/Haverhill Street, according to police.

David Brown, manager of the dealership, said he was advised by Andover police not to comment on the incident.

Heseltine said the equipment was used by the dealership for maintenance and was not for sale.

In addition to the vehicles, commercial license plates, two welders and a high-speed metal saw were also stolen.

— Bill Kirk, staff writer

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