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Thousands of pounds worth of tools stolen in Great Harwood
AN EAST Lancashire firm has been hit by a burglary which saw thousands of pounds worth of tools stolen.
Great Harwood family firm S&J Developments Limited lost approximately £18,000 worth of tools in a break-in at the business.
The thieves who carried out the raid forced open a fire door with a crow bar to enter the site off Alan Ramsbottom Way.
The burglars stole up to 30 items of highly valuable equipment from the building contractors.
Scott Mitchell, who is a manager at the company which is owned by his father, discovered the burglary.
And the raiders also stolen one of the firm’s vans, which they used to transport their haul of stolen tools.
Scott Michell said the firm was still trying to work out an exact total for the tools they had lost in the raid.
“This is a blow to the company because it has taken many years work to put together our tool collection.
“We are just appealing for people to tell us if they saw anything unusual.
“And also if they are being offered any power tools for sale.
“This theft has just hit us really hard.
“And we are hoping to try and recover some of the tools we have lost.”
Some of the items taken include Stihl stone cutting saws, Bosch mitre saws, a Dewalt router, a Belle com-pression plate, a Belle mixer with a blue drum, a Clarke petrol power washer and a Marcrist clutch core cutter.
The break-in is thought to have happened at around 4pm on Sunday afternoon.
The firm said that some CCTV footage from a neighbouring business caught three different vehicles arri-ving and leaving at the closed business before a van belonging to S&J Develo-pments was sto-len at 4.10pm.
The vehicle was later found abandoned one mile down the road.
A spokeswoman for Lancashire Police has urged anyone with information about the theft, or anyone who saw something suspicious, to get in touch on 101.
Or alternatively they can call Crimestoppers anony-mously on the number 0800 555111.
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