Hot tub thieves cause £50,000 of damage
AN ATTEMPTED burglary at a hot tub company caused more than £50,000 worth of damage.
Seven hot tubs were damaged beyond repair during a breakin at Stonehill Pools, Wyevale Garden Centre, in Hythe Road, Willesborough, last Monday .
It was the sixth break-in the company has had in 18 months.
The offenders ran away emptyhanded when the alarms went off, but thousands of pounds of damage had already been done.
Manager Russell Weeden said: “They broke into the back of the premises and drained seven hot tubs as well as ripping out the doors of the enclosure one was in.
“They have badly damaged them where they have ripped all the pipework out, cut the cables and dragged them along the floor.
“We have already lost five hot tubs in previous break-ins and put security fencing up, which cost us more than £10,000.
“To drain them out must have taken a long time so they must have been here a while and known what they were doing.”
Last month we reported how two hot tubs had been stolen from Kent Hot Tubs and Spas, at Greenway Garden Centre, in Bethersden.
The tubs, worth a combined £15,000, were taken on April 26.
Owner Martin Hughes said: “I have had to put alarms on every tub, which has cost me a lot of money.
“I never thought in a million years people would be able to steal the hot tubs because they are pretty large objects.
“If it happens again, I can’t afford to re-open.”
Russell Weeden with one of the damaged hot tubs