Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s headquarters in Milton Keynes, England was burglarized overnight, with thieves stealing a total of more than 60 trophies won by the team over the years.
Thames Valley police were called to the factory around 1:30 a.m. local time after a group of around six men used a vehicle to smash through the front entrance. Once inside, the group ripped off the trophies while leaving the night staff physically unharmed.
According to a police statement, two cars were involved in the break-in: A silver 4×4 that was used to drive through the entrance and a “further dark colored, black or dark blue Mercedes estate car.” Both cars are believed to have foreign number plates.
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said the team was “obviously devastated” over the loss of the trophies that took his squad “years and hard work to accumulate.”
“The break-in caused significant damage and was very upsetting for our night officers who were on duty at the time,” Horner continued in his statement. “The offenders took items that not only did not belong to them, but which represented the efforts of a group of dedicated, hard-working individuals.
“Beyond the aggressive nature of this break-in, we are perplexed why anyone would take these trophies. The value to the team is of course extraordinarily high due to the sheer hard work and effort that went into winning each and every one. But their intrinsic value is low; they would be of little benefit to those outside of the team and, in addition to that, many of the trophies on display were replicas.
“The actions of these men mean it’s likely that we will have to make our site less accessible in the future, which will be unfair on the hundreds of fans that travel to visit our factory each year to see our trophies and our Formula One car.
“We would like to appeal to anyone who knows any information on the whereabouts of these trophies or the offenders involved to contact Thames Valley Police.”
Those in the United Kingdom with information that may assist the investigation are urged to contact Milton Keynes Force CID on the Thames Valley Police non-emergency inquiry center number 101. For those calling from overseas, please dial 0044 1865 841148 to contact Thames Valley Police from outside of the UK.
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