East Grinstead cricket Gator thief caught on camera

A man who rode off in a stolen utility vehicle was captured on CCTV as he left the grounds of East Grinstead Cricket Club.

Saturday, 3rd July 2021, 2:00 pm
Updated Saturday, 3rd July 2021, 2:04 pm
The thief leaving the scene

The thief struck at the Saint Hill Ground on the evening of Thursday, June 10.

The John Deere GX Gator was being used to transport irrigation pipes and had been left for a short while alongside the cricket square without an ignition key.

It was jump-started and driven away around 9.20pm on to Saint Hill Road and is known to have turned on to West Hoathly Road towards the Weir Wood reservoir.

A spokesman for Sussex Police said: "The loss of the vehicle is a significant blow for the volunteer-run club as it was used almost daily throughout the cricket season for ground preparation.

"Anyone who saw the Gator being driven in the area on that evening, who recognises the driver or who has any information about the location of the vehicle is asked to report online or call 101 quoting serial 208 of 11/06."