Thief’s victim is left without tools for job after Benfleet theft

Southend Standard: Thief’s victim is left without tools for job Thief’s victim is left without tools for job

A CARPENTER has been left unable to work after thieves stolemore than £4,000 worth of tools from his van.

Self-employed Paul Mitchell, 46, is fearing for the future of his business after all of his work equipment was stolen from the vehicle while it was parked outside his house, in Chesterfield Avenue, Benfleet.

As he went to unlock the vehicle at about 5.30am yesterday, he noticed the doors at the back had been smashed and the tools were gone.

Mr Mitchell said: “There is no way I can work for a while.

“They smashed the lock off to get in and took everything.

“As I went to unlock the van on my way to work, I noticed it was already open and I just knew something really bad had happened.

“I was in the middle of fitting a kitchen and I had to ring the family and tell them I couldn’t come.

“They weren’t happy, but were understanding because of the situation.”

Mr Mitchell has blamed the crime on the lack of streetlights, saying the area is a “thieves’ paradise”.

Essex County Council decided to turn off lights across south Essex between midnight and 5am in a bid to save an estimated £345,000 a year.

Mr Mitchell said the dark streets were making thieves bolder.

He added: “It is pitch-black down our road.

“I went to bed at 11pm and I didn’t hear anything suspicious before that, so I’m sure the thieves must have come along after midnight.

“The police have been and taken fingerprints, but I don’t hold out much hope they will be able to find out who is responsible.

“There is no way anyone will have seen anything because of the streetlights being turned off.”

A spokeswoman for Essex Police said: “Police are investigating the theft from a motor vehicle, which was parked on Chesterfield Road, in Benfleet.

“Several items of tools were stolen.

“The offence took place between 10pm on Tuesday and 5.30am on Wednesday."”

Anyone with information is urged to contact officers on 101, or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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1:28pm Fri 23 May 14

danger2013 says...

Thief better watch out. Phil wont be happy about this.
Thief better watch out. Phil wont be happy about this. danger2013
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4:27pm Fri 23 May 14

runwellian says...

Stupid for leaving any tools in a van, thieves will break in for pennies left in ashtrays!
Stupid for leaving any tools in a van, thieves will break in for pennies left in ashtrays! runwellian
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7:35pm Fri 23 May 14

the25man says...

runwellian wrote:
Stupid for leaving any tools in a van, thieves will break in for pennies left in ashtrays!
Have you any idea how many tools a carpenter has to carry to fit a kitchen.
Yes it would be best not to leave anything in a vehicle because of the scumbags that are out there but that is not always possible. Having had two lots of tools stolen from vans I know how this guy feels. To make matters worse you can't get insurance to cover tools left in vehicles.
[quote][p][bold]runwellian[/bold] wrote: Stupid for leaving any tools in a van, thieves will break in for pennies left in ashtrays![/p][/quote]Have you any idea how many tools a carpenter has to carry to fit a kitchen. Yes it would be best not to leave anything in a vehicle because of the scumbags that are out there but that is not always possible. Having had two lots of tools stolen from vans I know how this guy feels. To make matters worse you can't get insurance to cover tools left in vehicles. the25man
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11:56pm Fri 23 May 14

_Lotus_ says...

runwellian wrote:
Stupid for leaving any tools in a van, thieves will break in for pennies left in ashtrays!
So what the hell do you propose he should have done, remove every single tool every night and then put them all back again in the morning???
[quote][p][bold]runwellian[/bold] wrote: Stupid for leaving any tools in a van, thieves will break in for pennies left in ashtrays![/p][/quote]So what the hell do you propose he should have done, remove every single tool every night and then put them all back again in the morning??? _Lotus_
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8:49am Sat 24 May 14

rude boy says...

You can't have it both ways knowing what people are like u either have to park your van right up against something so it's harder to open the bk doors. But even then it cud have a side loading door so they cud still get in 2 it anyway. Or you have a driveway with CCTV pointing right on your van. Or if you have got hundred of pounds worth off power tools etc I would take them out my van every night esp if u can't insure them. Feel 4 u but this is the world we live in now they wud nick the milk from your tea
You can't have it both ways knowing what people are like u either have to park your van right up against something so it's harder to open the bk doors. But even then it cud have a side loading door so they cud still get in 2 it anyway. Or you have a driveway with CCTV pointing right on your van. Or if you have got hundred of pounds worth off power tools etc I would take them out my van every night esp if u can't insure them. Feel 4 u but this is the world we live in now they wud nick the milk from your tea rude boy
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