Detectives in Fleetwood are hunting two men caught on camera as tools worth hundreds of pounds were stolen from a van in a clinically executed raid.
CCTV footage shows the pair approach a van parked outside the victim’s Princes Way home before breaking open the back door in a matter of seconds.
The men appear to have ben disturbed by a neighbour, forcing them to flee empty handed, but within a minute one returns to finish the job. The victim, double glazing installer Paul Duxbury, said two drills were stolen that he needs for his job.
Police, who said the items were worth around £850, are now appealing for help to identify the duo caught on film.
Mr Duxbury, 48, said: “I have got off lightly really – it could have been much worse. I had over £1,000 of stuff in there.
“My neighbour saw them and shouted to them.
“Obviously he has gone into the house to phone the police.
“They had been disturbed but one of them comes back.”
The CCTV footage appears to show one of the men knock on the side of the van to alert the other – who is inside at this point – to the fact they have been spotted.
The pair swiftly leave empty handed but just a minute later one returns to finish the job. He is seen climbing back into the van before leaving with an item in each hand.
The incident took place at around 2am on Monday.
Mr Duxbury has also been forced to pay to improve the security on his van following the theft. He said: “Those drills were brand new in November and I need them to do my job.
“The van was obviously targeted – they weren’t just passing.
“I always double check that the van is locked.”
He said he wants to alert other van drivers in the area to the crime as he believes they may be at risk too.
He said: “It was somebody who knew what they were doing. He punched a hole in the metal which pushed something that unlocked the door.
“I lived on Park Avenue and got my van done twice there in six years it had never happened here.
“You think your van is secure and it’s a bit of an eye-opener when it happens.
“A few people have since told me they have had things stolen out of their vans too.”
PC Gemma Sandham, of Fleetwood Police said: “We believe entry to the van has been forced.
“I would urge anyone who recognises they men to come forward and contact police.
“I would also urge people to ensure their vehicles are kept locked and valuable items secure to try and deter thieves.”
Call 101 with information.