Builder tells of shock at theft of tools

Blackpool Police
Blackpool Police

A builder who had £5,000 worth of tools stolen from his van has branded the thieves “the lowest of the low”.

David Robinson, 48, had the tools stolen from his van on Victoria Road, Poulton, and says he has been “knocked for six” by the theft.

Police are urging the public to get in touch with them about the tools, which include a Dewalt table saw and chop saw, Dewalt drills, a Paslode finishing nailer and a Makita cordless drill.

Mr Robinson, who runs David J Robinson Joiners and Builders, said: “They’re the lowest of the low.

“These are top of the range pieces of equipment.

“We got a knock on the door from our neighbour to say some guys wearing head torches had broken into the van.

“They avoided CCTV cameras, I think it was a well planned operation.”

The tools were taken from the van at around 3am on July 17 by two men, who fled in a small white van.

Police are now appealing for anyone who may have seen the theft or has been offered to buy the tools to contact them.

PC Andy Ward said: “We want to be able to return these tools to the owner, not least because his livelihood has been hugely affected.

“Some of the items aren’t made anymore and therefore can’t be replaced.

“If anybody has been offered any tools for sale in the area in the past month or so in seemingly suspicious circumstances then please come forward.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 101.

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