RAIDERS stole stock worth £30,000 from Instone Air Services Ltd in Cootham, near Storrington, say police.
The business, based at Charity Farm in Pulborough Road, was targeted between Sunday evening and Monday morning.
A spokeswoman for Sussex Police told the County Times: “The padlocks were removed and the yard entered whereby a custom-made 12ft long, double axle trailer with signage of Osbourne Motor Bodies was used to load on approximately 20 aircraft livestock freight pallets and a considerable amount of specialist livestock gates also of a distinctive made aluminium.
“The approximate total loss value is £30,000. The loading pallets are extremely distinctive with specific serial numbers relating to the various airlines used and are made of a specialised aluminium which would be difficult to cut or break down.
“The pallets are of a considerable weight, therefore more than one person would be required to lift these, a forklift is usually utilised for this purpose. The offender/s have also damaged the security lighting within the yard.”
Sussex Police are urging anyone that may have been approached in relation to buying these items as scrap metal to contact the force urgently or if approached in the future to obtain any index plates of vehicles and descriptions of person/s attempting to sell.
Any information regarding this incident to Sussex Police on 0845 60 70 999 or anonymously through Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 quoting serial 0392 May 30.