Terry Franklin with the damaged lock cover where thieves gained access to a tool storage container.
Terry Franklin with the damaged lock cover where thieves gained access to a tool storage container. Bruce Thomas

Call for help to find tool thieves

THIEVES who stole $18,000 worth of tools and equipment in Coffs Harbour this week remain at large.

Investigators are urging residents who saw suspicious activity in and around Coffs Harbour’s War Memorial Pool overnight on Tuesday to come forward in a bid to track down the offenders.

Workmen renovating the complex on behalf of the city council discovered the big theft when they arrived at work early on Wednesday morning, prompting a security upgrade while the redevelopment takes place.

The intruders broke into the site and stripped open a site shed where they found boltcutters.

They used them to prise open a site container and helped themselves to power drills, jackhammers, a generator, laser levels and concrete-cutting equipment.

They also grabbed expensive tools from the site office and smashed a window on a dump truck in their search for more.

It’s believed they used a green wheelie bin to haul off their loot.

The tools were personal gear belonging to work crews as well as equipment owned by the contractors, Swimplex Aquatics.

The $5 million redevelopment which will convert the facility into an all-weather, heated aquatic centre is due for completion by the end of October.

The re-vamp will result in a heated, Olympic-sized pool which will be open year round. It will also allow the city to host teams preparing for national and international events.

Contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 to help with the police investigation.



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