AN APPEAL has been launched to replace £10,000-worth of tools that were stolen from a mechanic in Staffordshire.
Shaun Stonier, who is the director of car repair and maintenance centre Peak Tec in Leek, usually keeps his tools at the workshop but locked them in his van outside his home in Stoke-on-Trent on August 22 because he had an early-morning job to go to the next day.
However, less than one hour after Stonier went to bed, police arrived at the 47-year-old’s house to tell him that his van had been broken into and all his tools had been stolen.
The estimated cost of replacing the stolen equipment with new tools is around £10,000. Stonier’s family have now launched an appeal on crowdfunding site GoFundMe, where they hope people will donate cash and mechanics will offer tools they no longer need.
The missing equipment includes fuses, mirrors, power tools, screwdrivers, sockets and test pens. Stonier’s family have looked online to see if any of the stolen items have been put up for sale on the internet, but so far they have had no luck.
Speaking to The Stoke Sentinel, Stonier said: ‘When the police officers were taking down the statement it all hit home and I was very upset. Even now it is still very sore for us all.
‘It’s taken 30-odd years to amass all of that kit and then someone goes and takes it – it was a huge shock. It impacts on the business as well but you have to carry on, which isn’t easy.
‘We’d gone to bed when our neighbour raised the alarm with the police. They must have only been in the van for a few minutes and it could have been much worse.’
A spokesperson for Staffordshire Police said: ‘We are appealing for information after a van parked on the driveway of a home in Glaisher Drive, Meir Park, was broken into and around £10,000 of tools taken on Tuesday, August 22 between 10pm and 10.40pm.’
Those wanting to donate to Stonier can visit his GoFundMe page. Staffordshire Police are urging any witnesses to the crime to call 101 and quote incident 977.
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