Masked robbers with baseball bats ram-raided a vehicle compound, threatened a security guard and then stole three valuable 4x4 cars in an early morning attack.
Three men were involved in the raid at Paragon Automotive Ltd, in Baird Road, Corby, at about 3.45am yesterday.
They stole three Range Rover Sport vehicles worth about £45,000 each.
The offenders cut a hole in a fence leading to the firm’s premises, then used a vehicle to ram the inner compound and steal the three vehicles – a model of car often favoured by Premier League footballers.
The offenders are believed to have been carrying baseball bats and engaged in a verbal argument with the security guard, although no-one was injured during the robbery.
The Evening Telegraph understands the vehicles were fitted with tracking devices and one has since been recovered outside the county.
Paragon Automotive Ltd is a fleet vehicle management company and specialises in dealing with large volumes of cars across several sites in the UK.
PC Vincent Bangs, an immediate response officer based at Corby, tweeted shortly after the raid, saying: “We have just had three Land Rovers stolen from a secure compound.
“The security guard was threatened by one of them with a baseball bat.”
A police spokesman said: “We are appealing for witnesses following an aggravated robbery, which occurred in the early hours of Tuesday morning in Baird Road, Corby.
“One of the vehicles taken was blue in colour and the other two were white. They are estimated to be worth £45,000 each.”
Witnesses or anyone with information can call Northamptonshire Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Nobody from Paragon Automotive Ltd was available to comment yesterday.