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Joiner’s tool theft warning

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By Euan Maxwell
Joiner's tool theft warning

A DUMFRIES family have warned others to make sure their motor vehicles are locked after a thief stole £2000 worth of tools from their van.

Self-employed joiner Shaun Marshall woke up to discover his van – which had been parked in their Georgetown home driveway – had been broken into on Tuesday morning.

His wife Chanelle noticed that the side door of the van was wide open with all his power tools missing. Chanelle told the Dumfries Courier: “Shaun has locked his van around 10.30 pm on Monday night before going to bed. When I got up in the morning the first thing I noticed when I opened the curtains was the side door of Shaun’s van wide open, the back door was also open and all power tools gone.

“There was no damage to the van as if it had been unlocked with a key. The van was parked in the driveway of our family home.”

This is now the second time this has happened to Shaun – who is currently unable to work due to coronavirus pandemic – after his van was broken into two years ago. The couple – who have two young children – have urged the public to take extra precautions.

Chanelle added: “I hope others tighten up on security, mark their equipment, take their tools out each night if possible. I don’t think just simply locking a van is enough these days. Since this has happened I get up most nights to check the van. I wanted to share our story to help stop this from happening to others.”

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