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Warning to Andover tradespeople after tools stolen

A local builder is furious after his van was broken into on Wednesday night.

Bob Shearer had all his tools taken from his locked, parked vehicle following a sophisticated theft. The vehicle was parked outside their home on Cherry Tree Road.

Mr Shearer told Andover Radio, “They seem to have used a decoding device which unlocks vehicle doors.

“Every single tool from the van was stolen.”

Such devices seem to be readily available on the internet, putting many vehicles at risk. Experts say, “This “car decoder” is now selling well on the web and isn’t expensive”.

Police in Andover have recently issued a warning about a spate of recent vehicle thefts.

Mr Shearer who has been in business in Andover for 50 years says all of his tools are marked or engraved with his name.

“If anyone is offered my tools, please get in contact with me directly” says the roofer and property maintenance company owner.

Police were informed of the theft, but despite recovering two empty toolboxes found hidden in undergrowth, Mr Shearer says Police told him they cannot help any further with an investigation.

Mr Shearer wants to warn other tradespeople adding, “Police say they can’t take fingerprints from the van because they don’t have the resources. They say they’ll only do that if there’s blood.”

After the event, Mr Shearer wanted to change the locks on his Ford Transit van, only to realise that the power tools needed to perform the task were part of the thieves’ haul.

If you are offered tools marked with ‘Bob Shearer’ in any way, you are asked to contact Bob or Becky on 07727 638297.

About the author

David Harber

David Harber is the founder and Managing Director of Love Andover, including the Love Andover Observer newspaper and 95.9FM Andover Radio. He is a fellow at the Royal Society of Arts and a card carrying member of the Nation Union of Journalists.