Tradie’s tools stolen from building site
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.’’
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