An electrician from Northampton said he was “absolutely amazed” by the kind response from fellow tradesmen to lend him tools so he can stay in business, after burglars stole £6,000 of equipment from his garage.
The Chronicle & Echo featured the story last week of Jonathan Ingram, of Birch Barn Way in Kingsthorpe, who lost all his work equipment, including, drills, angle grinders and test meters, after thieves broke into his property while he was out.
Mr Ingram did not think he would be able to work for a while as it would take time to claim the insurance to replace the stolen tools.
But after reading the Chron’s story, many fellow tradesmen got in touch with Mr Ingram and offered him the use of their tools.
Mr Ingram said: “The response I have had from the Chron’s story has been absolutely amazing.
“Other small electrical businesses in the Kingsthorpe area and other suppliers have all offered to help me out. It has been absolutely fantastic.”
Northamptonshire Police are still appealing for witnesses to the burglary that happened in Birch Barn Way sometime between 2pm and midnight on Saturday, January 31.
It is believed that burglars forced open Mr Ingram’s garage door to steal the tools as well as a bicycle. He said the intruders must have had “nerves of steel” to burgle the garage as his house is near a busy junction.
Anyone with information about the theft can contact Northamptonshire Police by calling 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.