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Company reeling over tools theft
A REWARD is being offered in exchange for information which leads to the retrieval of £2,000 worth of power tools which were stolen on Monday night.
A Citroen Berlingo, belonging to Wall2Wall Decorating, was broken into at an address in Sandgate, as it sat in an employee’s driveway.
Jamie Ritchings, a supervisor with Wall2Wall, had left the expensive machinery in the van overnight with the back doors tight against his garage.
However, the culprit accessed the vehicle via the driver’s door and emptied it. Jamie discovered the theft at 7am on Tuesday morning.
Jan Angelo, managing director at the painter and decorators, has offered £200 for leads which may result in the return of the Makita cordless tools.
The company had just splashed out £1,000 on some of the tools last Friday in advance of fireproofing work to be done for Swindon Council at Lillian Lock Gardens in Penhill.
“This is the first time in all of the nine years I have been trading in Swindon; I’ve never had this before,” said Jan.
“I’d like to offer a substantial reward for information about anybody selling these tools – someone must know about somebody selling off cheap Makita tools.”
The van had been vandalised as a part of the theft and a new door and lock have had to be covered by Wall2Wall’s insurance provider.
The company, which operates out of Caxton Close in Swindon, employs 16 people in what Jan describes as a tight-knit family emotionally scarred by the incident.
“We just feel totally shattered as a company because we are like a bit of a family team. We look out for each other,” she said.
“It’s a lot of money to lose and we saw those tools as a long-term investment. We need them for upcoming jobs.
“Everyone was left in shock by the incident. None of them got out to work on time because they were just trying to think what could been done.”
Police are investigating the matter, but if anyone does have any information, they are asked to call Jan Angelo on 01793 435141.