A Sunderland man believes he was the victim of the same thief who stole tools from a van on Christmas night.
The Echo reported on Tuesday that two Hilti screwguns had been taken from the back of a van in the driveway of a house at the corner of Chester Mews and Stewart Street, off Chester Road.
Lisa Storey said she and husband Glen believed the thief had used specialist equipment to override the van’s security system.
Now, joiner Ged Taylor has revealed the same thing happened to him – and that a neighbour had seen the thief.
“I had a large amount of tools stolen from my vehicle while it was parked in Ewesley Road at the end of September,” he said.
“I was also informed that it had happened to two vans up the road from me.
He took the good tools, the ones he could sell, and left the others on the floor.
“As in this latest case, there was no sign of any damage to the van and the alarm did not go off – it has got to be the same person.”
Ged’s neighbour got a look at the thief as he was emptying the van and even a partial number plate for the car he drove off in.
“When the door on my van opens, it makes a really loud ‘clunk’”, said Ged.
“It was that loud it woke the neighbour up.”
“He looked out of the window and got a good look at the man, who looked up at him, walked off, but then came back.”
The suspected thief was chubby, aged about 30, and had wavy hair and was driving a dark blue Y-registered Vauxhall Astra estate.
“He knew what he wanted,” said Ged. “He took the good tools, the ones he could sell, and left the others on the floor.”
Ged said he reported what his neighbour had seen to the police but, to date, is no closer to getting his tools back.
Anyone who has any information about the theft on Christmas night can contact Northumbria Police on 101, quoting crime number 377/26/12/15.