Tradie’s tools stolen from build­ing site

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

A Cromwell brick­layer is warn­ing other trades­peo­ple to be vig­i­lant se­cur­ing equip­ment and prop­erty af­ter $6500 worth of his gear was stolen.

Kirk Stu­art, of Kirk Stu­art Brick­lay­ing, said he was ‘‘wild’’ about the equip­ment stolen from a prop­erty in the new Sum­mer­fields sub­di­vi­sion in Cromwell overnight on Tues­day.

‘‘We got nailed...big time. We are brick­ing up a brand new house in Sum­mer­fields. We left the gear in­side a house and some­one came in dur­ing the night and took the lot....I am wild. That’s all the stuff we work with. I’m try­ing to earn a liv­ing.

‘‘I have been work­ing in Cromwell for 10 years and you don’t get any­thing pinched. It is the first time I’ve been done. I just want other guys to be aware...gone are the days of leav­ing ev­ery­thing out. I have just bought a lock and chains.’’

Sergeant Bruce Terry of Cromwell po­lice said po­lice had car­ried out a scene ex­am­i­na­tion and were mak­ing in­quiries into the in­ci­dent.

‘‘This is a good re­minder that peo­ple should al­ways en­sure they se­cure valu­able tools and re­move the op­por­tu­nity for thieves.’’

JAN MCKEN­ZIE

Ash­leigh Smith, 19, of Naseby, has been named New Zealand’s Queen’s Young Leader award win­ner for 2017.

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