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Builder offers reward for capture of tool thieves
11:00am Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
A FURIOUS builder has offered a reward after crooks broke into his van and stole equipment worth £1,000.
Thieves grabbed a cordless drill, a steel chainsaw and a hedgetrimmer from Chris Heston’s van in Main Road, Great Holland.
They were disturbed and ran off with the loot towards Kirby Way.
Mr Keston, who runs his own business and is a town councillor, said: “I was on the way home with my wife when I got a call from the babysitter saying they had interrupted someone breaking into the work van outside our home.
"I was annoyed and disgusted.
“The chainsaw and hedgetrimmer have only been used twice each. It is very upsetting.
“I went out searching in case they had stashed the tools somewhere but it seems like there might have been a vehicle waiting to take them away.
“We work seven days a week only for people to take our equipment like this. I think these people are scumbags, the lowest of the low.”
Mr Keston uses the van for his landscaping, building and maintenance company, Keston Services.
He is offering a £500 reward for any information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the culprits.
He said: “Mine is a small, up-and-coming independent business.
“Incidents like this can drive companies like mine out of business.
“I employ local people, especially younger people in the area. I like to be able to put them on the right track and give them something positive to work towards.
“We work hard and do a good job, but because of this incident we have all missed out on two days work because we couldn’t use the van, and I have had to pay out for a new van door.”
Mr Keston has urged residents to make sure their property is secure.
Anyone with information about the raid on Tuesday October 22 at 10pm can call Chris on 07834 373187 or Essex Police on 101.
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