An electrician from Northampton says burglars have closed his business after they stole £6,000 of tools he had locked away in his garage.
Jonathan Ingrim, of Birch Barn Way in Kingsthorpe, has been left unable to work after all his work equipment including, drills, angle grinders and test meters were stolen.
Mr Ingrim said he always emptied his tools into his garage as he knew the dangers of leaving them in his vehicle overnight.
He said: “The burglars must have nerves of steel to have broken into the garage as my house is near a main junction in the road.
“They must have been here a while and had a van as, to get to the tools, they had to go right to the end of the garage and go under a work bench.
“The burglars have effectively shut me down. I’ve got a lot of work for domestic customers that I’m having to turn down as I’m not able to do it.”
Mr Ingrim’s garage door was forced open and the tools were stolen sometime between 2pm and midnight on Saturday, January 31.
Northamptonshire Police are appealing for witnesses to the theft or anyone who may have been sold any tools they suspect may have belonged to Mr Ingrim.
As well as the theft from Mr Ingrim’s garage in Kingsthorpe, there have also been three other thefts of tools in Northampton in the past month.
One theft was on Monday, February 3 from the Travelodge car park in Upton Way. Two more incidents took place on Wednesday, February 5. One of these was from a van parked in The Square in Upton and one from Westgate Industrial Estate.
In each theft items such as saws and drills were stolen.
Anyone with information about any of the thefts can contact Northamptonshire Police by calling 101 or can call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.