A REWARD has been put up for the return of thousands of pounds of tools stolen from a van in St Annes.
Thieves forced entry into the Fiat Ducato, parked in Clive Avenue, some time on Thursday night last week.
It belonged to an employee of Whitehead Gas Services, based on Amy Johnson Way on Blackpool Business Park, and means the van will be out of action for the foreseeable future.
The firm’s Samantha Whitehead said: “We’ve had a lot stolen.
“They took copper and steel fittings, hand tools, gas analysers and carbon monoxide detectors among other things.
“It all adds up to a lot of money. Luckily it won’t affect our services as we operate five vans and can still make all of our appointments.
“But we’ll still end up having to rent a van though to cover the time this one is with the police and being repaired.
“We want this to be a warning to other tradespeople to be aware there’s people out there targeting vans. Ours was secure but they managed to force their way in.
“We are looking to offer a reward to anyone who can help us recover our missing tools or help find those responsible.
“There must have been more than one person involved when you look at the amount of items taken.”
Police are appealing for witnesses to the theft.
Tools snatched from the van included two power drills, a circular saw, a jigsaw, a socket set, various hand tools and a gas analyser totalling more than £1,600 alone.
PC James Winfield who is investigating the theft said, “I would urge anyone who may have seen anything at all suspicious in the area to come forward and contact police, any information could be vital to catching the people responsible.
“Anyone with information can contact police on 101 or they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org.
“No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.”