JLR is not specifying the value of the engines, but reports in the United Kingdom are indicating they could be worth in the region of GBP3m (US$3.7m) following their removal from the Damson site in Solihull near Birmingham at some point late at night between 31 January and 1 February.
ACCORDING TO A newspaper report out of the United Kingdom, thieves driving a truck were somehow granted access to Jaguar Land Rover's Solihull Plant, where the Range Rover and Land Rover SUVs as well as the Jaguar XE are built. Interestingly, the thieves drove in twice to steal the engines and before anyone could notice what the issue was all about.
Jaguar Land Rover is offering a "substantial" reward for any information that can help solve the case. Jaguar Land Rover however, has not confirmed this reported analogy of the events which could have happened. Instead, the thieves calmly drove their truck into the plant, collected paperwork from the site to facilitate their exit, then hooked up a trailer full of engines before driving away. As of now, local police are searching for the most recent suspects and the stolen engines.
"It would be inappropriate for us to make any further comment whilst this investigation is ongoing".
The Solihull Police say they have found and seized the stolen trailers, but not the engines that were inside.
It is believed the driver of the stolen truck had the necessary documents to receive security clearance from JLR to enter the facility.
Sources told the Coventry paper the thieves were in and out of the plant in just six minutes each trip.
British iconic carmaker, Jaguar Land Rover saw a rather unusual and unpleasant week, with some serious theft having been carried out in the company's production premises. The thieves were caught and convicted past year; they had planned to dismantle the engines and sell the parts, the paper reported.