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Video: Can you help catch brazen burglar who stole £17,000 of equipment?
11:26am Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
A brazen burglar smashed his way into a business and stole £17,000 of gardening equipment before using petrol from the owner’s jerry cans to make his escape.
The shameless thief targeted DRH Landscapes, which is based in Stepfield on the Freebournes Industrial Estate in Witham, at about 8pm on Friday.
A CCTV recording shows him hammering through a steel plated door before filling his van with equipment, such as leaf blowers and chainsaws, and then topping up his petrol.
Owner Darrin Hammond, 47, who began the business aged 21 after the Great Storm, said: “He even took the jerry can out of our unit and topped his car up so I am even paying for him to be driving around, which is pretty low, that is pretty low.
“This guy knew what he was going for, I won’t say he was a professional because I don’t count it as a profession, but he knew exactly what he wanted.
“We are quite well secured here but he used a crow bar and caused £800 damage.
“He was determined to get in, he ripped the door right off.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Essex Police on 101.
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