Police in Milton Keynes have recovered some of the trophies that were stolen from Red Bull Racing’s factory earlier this month.
On the night of December 5th, as Daniel Ricciardo accepted his trophy for coming third in the World Championship, a group of six men used a 4×4 to smash through the glass front of the Red Bull factory before stealing sixty trophies the team had won over their time in Formula One, which were housed in a glass cabinet in the reception area. Night workers at the factory were not harmed in the raid.
Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner expressed his shock at the robbery of trophies which he described as having a “low intrinsic value” but being of large sentimental value to the team.
The police had asked people not to buy the stolen trophies if offered them, and to report any information about the men who committed the crime.
Today, they announced that they had recovered roughly twenty of the trophies from a lake in the area, which were likely dumped by the thieves due to the widespread publicity the robbery received. Police said they were unable to give an exact figure on the number of trophies recovered as some had been damaged, and they would need to first consult with the team.
A statement from the Thames Valley Police read: “Around 20 of the trophies were yesterday recovered from the Horseshoe Lake near Sandhurst, after being spotted by a member of the public. They were found near Sandhurst in Berkshire, some 120kms from the RBR base in Milton Keynes
“Members of the Specialist Search and Rescue Team searched part of the lake yesterday and located a number of trophies. We estimate about twenty trophies have been recovered, but we are liaising with Red Bull to establish the exact number, as some of the trophies are damaged.”
They also asked anyone with information about the robbery to contact them.