A WORKMAN had thousands of pounds of vital tools stolen after a brazen thief drove off with his van.
The thief, who police believe was later captured on camera at a petrol station, escaped with more than £3,000 of tools after breaking into the van and driving off with it.
The white Mercedes Sprinter van had been left parked in the car park of the Kings Arms pub on High Street, Garstang, when the thief struck.
Just 15 minutes after it was taken the van was spotted at a petrol station on the A6 at Churchtown.
Police have today released images of the man they believe was driving the stolen vehicle.
PC Rachel Bibby said: “I would appeal to anybody that recognises the description of this man or with any other information about this offence to come forward and contact us
“This theft has affected the victim’s business, leaving him in a position where he has to borrow tools and equipment in order to carry out his day-to-day business and so we are very keen to do all we can to try and reunite him with his property.”
The van, containing tools used for carrying out gas and electric work, was taken at around 6.45am on Monday, February 4.
Anyone who has any information about the stolen van or tools is asked to contact police on 101 quoting crime reference number BC1300488 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.