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Haul of suspected stolen tools seized by police in Gloucestershire working with Avon and Somerset officers

Added on 08 March 2018 at 15:32

Officers from two forces have worked together to recover a quantity of stolen tools.

We had at least four calls on Wednesday 7 March reporting that work vans had been broken into and tools stolen in the Clifton and Redland areas of Bristol.

One of the victims had fitted a tracking device to his toolbox, which led officers to a location in Gloucestershire.

Image shows some of the recovered tools
Some of the recovered tools

We and colleagues from Gloucestershire Police visited the location in Brookthorpe on Wednesday afternoon and seized a large number of power tools and other items.

Some of the items have already been identified as being stolen from vans in Bristol on Wednesday morning, and returned to their owners. We're reviewing the other items for identifiable marks and will be working hard to reunite them with their owners too, but expect that this process will take some time and it may be several weeks before people hear from us.

If you need to contact us, please do so online with your crime reference number and anything identifiable about your tools and mentioning reference 5218049367 so it can be linked and checked.

Two people remain in police custody in Gloucestershire at the time of writing - a man arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods, and a woman arrested on suspicion of theft.

We know it’s not always possible to empty a work van overnight, but recommend it if you can. Otherwise:

  • permanently mark tools with your business name or postcode
  • keep them inside a secure storage cage or box anchored within the vehicle
  • set the alarm as well as locking the van whenever you leave it
  • park it in a secure garage or with the doors against a wall or another vehicle to make access more difficult
  • fit secondary locks
  • use a tracking device

If you see anyone trying to break into a van, call 999 immediately. If you see something suspicious but aren’t sure then ring 101.

Don’t help to create a market for stolen goods – officers would also like to hear from you if you see tools offered for sale, online or in person, at a suspiciously cheap price.

If you don’t want to speak to the police, you can pass on information through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name or trace your call.