Thatcher appeals for return of stolen tools

Jonathan James's 4X4 was stolen between last Sunday night and Monday morning outside his Lawshall house. It had more than �1,000 of tools, power tools and specialist hand-made tools, in it. He's appealing for the return of two long knives that are 'virtually irreplaceable'.
Jonathan James's 4X4 was stolen between last Sunday night and Monday morning outside his Lawshall house. It had more than �1,000 of tools, power tools and specialist hand-made tools, in it. He's appealing for the return of two long knives that are 'virtually irreplaceable'.

A THATCHER has been left scrambling for tools after his truck, complete with power tools and roofing materials, was stolen from outside his home while he lay sleeping in bed.

Jonathon James, 46, of The Street, in Lawshall, spotted his white Vauxhall 4x4 missing when he opened his kitchen blinds on the morning of September 19.

“I couldn’t believe it, I still can’t get my head around it,” said Mr James.

The vehicle was parked on the road in front of his house and, having not been unloaded between jobs, contained work tools worth more than £1,000.

These included a well stocked tool box, with items collected over a 20-year career, as well as more specialist equipment and a wooden mallet hand-made by his father.

Mr James, who has spent the last week borrowing tools and reusing previously discarded ones, said: “The value isn’t really relevant, it’s more the rarity of some of the tools.”

In particular, Mr James is keen to retrieve two specialist knives, around 2ft 6in-3ft long, which he bought from a retired thatcher.

“The knives are the main thing I want back – they’re unique and virtually irreplaceable,” he said.

A police spokesman said: “Vehicle crime is often an opportunist crime where offenders either see or believe there are valuable items in a vehicle. Suffolk Police urge residents to look after their valuables and remove them from display.

“In particular, we would remind owners of work vehicles to remove high value items when possible and ensure the vehicle is secure at all times.

“Expensive items should be marked and serial numbers kept. Advice on preventative measure you can take can be obtained from your local crime reduction officer.”

The theft occurred between 10pm on September 18 and 6.30am on September 19.

Anyone with information should call PCSO Alex Vanter at Babergh West Safer Neighbourhood Team on: 01473 613500.