Chester Local Policing Unit officers are appealing for information from the public after nearly 200 pigs were stolen from a farm near Frodsham in Cheshire.
Shortly after 7.30am on Monday 11 September officers were called to reports of a burglary at a commercial farm on Hatley Lane, Frodsham.
Officers attended and found that people had forced entry into a pig farm, using bolt cutters to gain access to the shed. Once inside the building the suspects loaded 178 pigs into large vehicle, possible a professional stock carrier, before fleeing the scene.
The incident is believed to have occurred sometime between 6.00pm on 10 September and 7.00am on Monday 11 September.
Detective Constable Iestyn Lewis-Jones said: “We treat all reports of rural crime extremely seriously and are committed to doing everything we can to make our rural communities safer.
“Investigations in relation to this incident are currently ongoing and we are following a number a number of lines of enquiry; early indications suggest this incident may have been a targeted burglary.
“As part of the investigation I’m keen to hear from anyone in the local area who believes they may have witnessed anything suspicious on the night this incident occurred.”