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Hard working tradesmen's vehicles were raided as they slept

A trio of tradesmen are counting the cost of thieves breaking into their vans - which were all parked on the same Retford street.

Crooks forced the sliding side doors open on three work vans on the same night and escaped with a haul of tools.

The raids happened overnight on Friday, September 22 and Saturday, September 23 on Bigsby Road.

Mike Davies' vehicle was among those targeted.

"The van was a real mess - they'd forced the side door open," he said.

"At first I didn't think they'd managed to take anything because I looked in and saw all my tool boxes still there.

"But when I picked one up, I thought 'that feels too light' and then found they'd taken all my tools and closed the boxes up again.

"It's so frustrating when you work hard to build up your tools over a long time by just buying bits and pieces here and there and then someone's just taken the lot."

Mike, who runs a fibreglass roofing company and also works in property maintenance, said he then discovered two other work vans on his street were also broken into the previous night.

"I don't know how they managed to do it - I deliberately park the van under a street light with the side door facing away from the pavement so, if they're going to break in, they have to do it under a light in the middle of the street," he said.

"This is the third time in the last couple of years it's happened to me.

"I have a crime number for this one but I won't be claiming on the insurance because the premiums will go up.

"I worked the side door into shape so it closes properly and people in the trades have lent me some tools so I can carry on - I've got good friends and they've been brilliant."

along with the Bigsby Road raids at least one more van break-in was reported, this time in the Hallcroft area, the same night.

The angry victim posted on facebook that CCTV footage showed three hooded men pulling up in a silver car alongside the vehicle at around 3.30am before breaking in and taking a small amount of cash.

Notts Police confirmed they were called to Bigsby Road to investigate a van break-in.

The force urged victims to report incidents to them on 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.



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