THIEVES who have stolen £7,000 of equipment from a buider have been branded ‘lower than a snake’s belly’.
They struck at 12.45pm on Thursday, February 6, when they stole a van belonging to CP Heaton Building from New Road.
Business owner Chris Heaton had left his doors unlocked and his keys in his white Ford pick-up van’s footwell while he took equipment to a nearby client’s house.
They drove off and were last seen travelling towards the A50 and Blythe Bridge.
Mr Heaton said: “The vehicle was unlocked as I was coming back and forth from my client’s house carrying equipment for the work I was doing.
“It was within my sight the whole time.
“The van is worth £4,000 and there was £3,000-worth of building equipment in the back.
“Now I’m unable to work until I’ve replaced the van and the tools.
“As far as I’m concerned, the offenders are lower than a snake’s belly.
“We’re talking about my livelyhood here and, as the van was unlocked, I’m not even sure whether I’ll be able to make an insurance claim.”
A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “Officers attended and carried out an extensive area search for the vehicle but were unable to locate it.
“The offenders are described as two men.
“The van contained a number of tools including a Ruby laser level and tripod, hand tools including hammers, chisels and spirit levels in a black Matkita bag.
“A special edition black Makita cordless drill in a branded metal case with two batteries and a charger, two Stabila spirit levels, a Bosch 9mm disc cutter, a digital roof level and a yellow metal tool box containing various joinery tools.
“Witnesses, or anyone information on the vehicle or tools whereabouts, is asked to contact PC Ben Green at Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 278 of February 7.
“Alternatively, they can contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.”