Tool thieves cost me a full week’s work: Laindon builder had van broken into

Tool thieves cost me a full week’s work: Laindon builder had van broken into

Tool thieves cost me a full week’s work: Laindon builder had van broken into

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A BUILDER hasn’t been able to work in the week since thieves stole £2,500 of tools from his van.

Self-employed Graham Forward, 50, said he had been through a nightmare since his Ford Transit was broken into outside his house, in Minster Road, Laindon.

Mr Forward, who trades as T and G Building, has had to borrow tools from friends and relatives so he can get earning again.

A neighbour’s home CCTV system caught the thieves in action and posted the images on the Facebook website in the hope someone might come forward with information.

The tools were taken overnight between Monday, February 17, and Tuesday, February 18.

Mr Forward said: “Apparently, they broke in to my van using some sort of master key.

“I came down about 5.45am and went to unlock my van, but it was already open.

“I got in and saw the glove compartment was down. When I went into the back, my tools had gone.

“They took everything – £2,500 of tools. I’ve not been able to work for a week.

“My neighbour’s CCTV shows two men running up and down the street, putting something into the back of a car.

“I wasn’t insured, so this week my family have loaned me tools so I can get back to work. In the long run, though, I’m going to have to replace them myself.

“It’s a nightmare when something like this happens to a small business. It could put you out of business.”

Items stolen include a Makita drill and grinder, a Makita set with two more drills, a Hitachi drill, a Dewalt angle grinder, Dewalt jigsaw and battery, a Milwaukee drill and nail gun, a Hitachi circular saw and a Hilti hammer drill.

A police spokesman said: “Police are investigating the theft of approximately £2,500 worth of tools from a white Ford Transit van which had been left parked in Minster Road, Laindon.

"The vehicle was broken into some time between 6.30pm on Monday, February 17, and 5.45am on Tuesday, February 18.

"Thieves then made a messy search of the van before stealing a variety of power tools.”

Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area or has any information about the incident is asked to call Basildon police station, on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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4:12pm Wed 26 Feb 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Security is only as good as the lock on the doors, fancy though leaving the tools in the van ?
Security is only as good as the lock on the doors, fancy though leaving the tools in the van ? carnmountyouknowitmakessense
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4:29pm Wed 26 Feb 14

ChampKind says...

If it's not insured, you shouldn't leave anything in a van, especially in Laindon !
If it's not insured, you shouldn't leave anything in a van, especially in Laindon ! ChampKind
  • Score: 1

5:39pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Prolific__Shoplifter says...

I suppose he has only himself to blame with £2,500 worth of tools in the van. You wouldn't leave £2,500 cash in a vehicle over night, so why £2,500 worth of tools? Looks like there long gone now.
I suppose he has only himself to blame with £2,500 worth of tools in the van. You wouldn't leave £2,500 cash in a vehicle over night, so why £2,500 worth of tools? Looks like there long gone now. Prolific__Shoplifter
  • Score: -2

5:41pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Howard Cháse says...

ChampKind wrote:
If it's not insured, you shouldn't leave anything in a van, especially in Laindon !
It's a wonder they left the van there.
[quote][p][bold]ChampKind[/bold] wrote: If it's not insured, you shouldn't leave anything in a van, especially in Laindon ![/p][/quote]It's a wonder they left the van there. Howard Cháse
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6:42pm Wed 26 Feb 14

the25man says...

Go to the nearest boot sale or look on E/ Bay. Even try cash converters or the like. Who ever stole the tools wont know how to use them or if they do are to lazy to use them. Its work why bother when idiots who work support them.
Go to the nearest boot sale or look on E/ Bay. Even try cash converters or the like. Who ever stole the tools wont know how to use them or if they do are to lazy to use them. Its work why bother when idiots who work support them. the25man
  • Score: 0

8:13pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Steve H says...

Not insured and leaving £2500 tools in a van? More fool him,
Not insured and leaving £2500 tools in a van? More fool him, Steve H
  • Score: -2

8:04am Thu 27 Feb 14

pembury53 says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
Security is only as good as the lock on the doors, fancy though leaving the tools in the van ?
without insurance....... doubly foolish
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: Security is only as good as the lock on the doors, fancy though leaving the tools in the van ?[/p][/quote]without insurance....... doubly foolish pembury53
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