DEVASTATED: Dave Secomb surveys his plundered Cook Drive workshop – thieves even cut the hoses connecting bulky gas cylinders to welders in their hurry to make off with the tools, leaving only equipment too heavy to move. Photo: Trevor Veale
DEVASTATED: Dave Secomb surveys his plundered Cook Drive workshop – thieves even cut the hoses connecting bulky gas cylinders to welders in their hurry to make off with the tools, leaving only equipment too heavy to move. Photo: Trevor Veale Trevor Veale

Thieves take tools and equipment to leave local business idle

THIEVES stripped Dave Secomb's workshop of every functional bit of gear they could carry in a businesslike raid over the weekend.

The theft netted an estimated $30,000-$40,000 in cutting and welding plant.

Dave's Aluminium has been operating in South Coffs Harbour for more than 15 years, with Dave kept busy repairing truck and trailer components, making pool fencing and fabricating other items in aluminium, but the tradesman has been left with no tools to use.

"They broke in the door and took everything - all the power tools and three welders - virtually everything we need to run the business, except the guillotine and the folder, which they would have needed a forklift to move," Sharon Secomb said.

Dave discovered the robbery about 9.30am on Saturday when he went to his factory on the corner of Cook and Wingara Drs to pick up some tools. He found the deadlock on the door had been smashed off and the wooden door kicked open some time after he left work about 7pm on Friday, with a footprint visible on the door.

It is understood at least one other South Coffs Harbour business was also raided. While the Secombs were insured, they will not be able to work until they replace their lost equipment, resulting in further losses before they are back on their feet.

Break and Enters investigated

AN ONGOING Coffs Coast police operation, Strike Force Doura, has resulted in the arrests of three people and the recovery of a quantity of stolen goods.

Strike Force Doura is investigating an aggravated break and enter at a Coffs Coast car business, and stolen property and vehicles from the Coramba Rural Fire Service.

Coffs Clarence investigations manager Detective Senior Sergeant Peter O'Reilly yesterday said they had recovered a number of stolen vehicles, tools and a generator, as well as drugs and ammunition.

"This is an ongoing investigation - the results so far have seen three people arrested and we anticipate further arrests in the future," Det Sen Sgt O'Reilly said.



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