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Appeal for information following theft of expensive tools from van

Alert message sent 14/09/2021 10:41:00

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Police are appealing for information after a number of expensive tools were stolen from a van in Tewkesbury last week.

Officers attended a property on Virginia Road in Northway on Thursday (9 September) after it was reported that unknown offenders had cut a hole into the back door of a van before stealing tools with an estimated value of £4,000.

CCTV enquiries show that this took place between 1.15am and 1.45am on the day with the offenders arriving and leaving in a 4x4.

The stolen tools, which are Dewalt branded, included a Combi Drill set, air nail gun, battery powered nail gun, DAB radio router and angle grinder.

Officers are asking anyone who saw suspicious activity or has been offered the tools for sale to please get in contact.

Information can be submitted on the following online form by quoting incident 95 of 9 September: https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/cor/tell-us-about-existing-case-report/

Alternatively you can call police on 101 and quote the same incident number.

Acting Inspector Steve Benbow said: ”A number of expensive power tools have been stolen from a tradesperson and thefts like this can have a massive impact on them.
“Commonly it is seen that victims are unable to work until the items are replaced so it’s not just the cost of replacing the tools but also the cost of lost earnings.

"The Neighbourhood Policing Team is aware of concerns raised on social media and my officers will be taking patrol in reassurance patrols in the area in the coming days.

"Offenders are quick to exploit any opportunity they are given and I would urge residents to remove tools and other valuables from their vehicles when they are unoccupied to prevent thefts from happening.”

Advice on how to help keep your vehicle safe from crime can be found here: https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/theft-from-a-vehicle/vehicle-safe-and-sound/
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