Justin Sheldon was stunned to discover most of his tools had been stolen.
Justin Sheldon was stunned to discover most of his tools had been stolen. Trevor Veale

Thieves steal tools worth $10,000

DISBELIEF has now turned to fury for Coffs Harbour plumber Justin Sheldon who has had $10,000 worth of tools stolen from his ute.

Justin hasn’t been able to work since last week’s break-in and he’s offering a $1000 reward for information leading to their return.

He parked his Holden Colorado dual cab ute at his Jackson Place home about 4pm last Thursday but didn’t notice anything unusual when he got in his car to go to work early the next morning.

It wasn’t until his first job of the day came in when he discovered one of the tool boxes had been jemmied open and the box was empty.

It had contained power tools and hand tools and other gear, with the long list of stolen items including grinders, an oxy-welding set, step drills, hacksaw blades, drill bits, a tap washer box, brass and copper fittings, hot water unit valves and material boxes.

“It took my breath away. I couldn’t believe it. It was a feeling of total disbelief,” Justin said.

“You accumulate this stuff over 10 years and it takes another 10 to accumulate it again. You just can’t get them back.”

The robbery has also affected Justin’s work colleagues who often used to borrow the tools.

He is now going to make the tool boxes more secure in a bid to deter a repeat raid.

If you saw suspicious activity in Jackson Place between 4pm on Thursday and 6.30am on Friday, contact Coffs Harbour police on 6652 0299 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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