A builders merchant in Northamptonshire lost three quarters of its stock of power tools in a raid by a gang of thieves.
The gang broke into Towcester Building Supplies’s branch on the Long March Industrial Estate in the early hours and took £14,000 of power tools. They got in through the roof, after cutting through wire at the rear of the site and passed the goods back through the roof, smashing the CCTV cameras.
A white Mercedes Sprinter-type van was loaded up with around 100 high-end Makita power tools, Paslode nailers, grinders and saws.
Branch manager Simon Bullock told the Daventry Express that the power tools are stored in secure crates, which are inaccessible from every angle except from above. “It was clearly well organised, well planned and well executed,” he said.
Until the company has reviewed its security measures, it will only be stocking lower-end power tools, Bullock confirmed. “We’ve even checked for the stock on eBay.”
The company holds a list of the serial numbers of every item, so it is hoped many of them will be recovered.