13 Jan 2020

Dealership targeted in December 2019 theft

During the evening of December 29, Culverwells' branch in Tenterden, Kent, was broken into with thieves getting away with a haul of chainsaws, strimmers and hedgecutters.

BAGMA Members, Culverwells posted the following statement on their Facebook page the day after the theft: "Last night at 22.45pm our Tenterden branch was broken into by four masked men driving a blue Honda CRV. They cut through locks and then used the Honda to pull open security gates and rip out the shop doors."

Thieves stole the equipment in an overnight break-in when a Honda 4x4 was used to tow metal security gates open. The theft was captured on CCTV which can be viewed here.

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Doors of the dealership left smashed after the theft

In total, 15 chainsaws were stolen along with 5 strimmers and 3 hedgecutters. Culverwells estimate the total cost of the stolen goods has a retail value in excess of £10,000.

Culverwells have provided an exact list of the items that were stolen, including the product serial numbers, on their Facebook page and are encouraging all to share the list in an effort to make the products "too hot to handle". The items stolen were:


- Stihl MS181 s/n 516457263
- Stihl MS181 s/n 517854263
- Stihl MS211C-BE s/n 521110127
- Stihl MS231 s/n 185516342
- Stihl MS291 s/n 186423090
- Stihl MS391 s/n 184279157
- Stihl MSA200C-BQ s/n 440736216
- Husqvarna 120MK11 s/n 3436891
- Husqvarna 236E s/n 0602415
- Husqvarna 390XP s/n 2100367
- Husqvarna 435MK11 s/n 2600923
- Husqvarna 450 s/n 2601534
- Husqvarna 550XP s/n 1401985


- Husqvarna 122C s/n 4500104
- Husqvarna 525RJX s/n 4900196
- Stihl FS50CE s/n 517454759
- Stihl FS55R s/n 816459557
- Stihl FS91R s/n 515110604


- Husqvarna 115i HD45 s/n 1300634
- Husqvarna 122 HD60 s/n 2500172
- Mountfield MHJ2424 s/n 802ZJ103659

Culverwells Director James Cole was quoted by Kent Online, saying, "We had a very similar incident last year. Lots of businesses like ours are affected. Some people want money at this time of year and they go about stealing other people's possessions."

Witnesses or anyone with information should call police on 01843 222289 quoting reference 46/246701/19, or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or using the anonymous online form at

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