Mansfield trader blasts Kit Kat cops’ delay after raid

Vending machine business owner Andrew Widdowson has recovered stolen stock with the use of a tracking device
Vending machine business owner Andrew Widdowson has recovered stolen stock with the use of a tracking device

A business owner who hid a tracking device in a box of stolen Kit Kats has blasted police for not taking immediate action after telling them exactly where the goods were.

Andrew Widdowson (36), who runs 3D Vending Supplies Ltd on Millennium Business Park in Mansfield, has been targeted three times in six months, so hid the £250 GPS device among his stock.

And after thieves broke in, he was able to see that it was in the West Midlands area.

“I logged on to find out where it was and told the police,” he said.

“I rang them at 9am and it was 5pm before they got there. It’s accurate to about 10 feet so I was sat playing hunt the Kit kat on my computer!

“I told them that if they didn’t go there I would be going myself. Even though I was giving them the instructions, it could have easy been for them to clear it up.”

The company, has had thousands of pounds worth of stock taken after being hit in June, and then twice in December. Raiders used angle grinders to cut their way in, and most recently, forced the shutter doors.

A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: “Where a police response is required, calls are assessed and responded to in line with the force’s graded response policy, with threats to life being responded to as the main priority. In this case we worked with Nottinghamshire Police to recover the stolen goods and arrest two men on suspicion of handling stolen goods.”