March garage battles on after raiders steal £45k of tools

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A garage owner says he is not beaten after thieves stole £45,000 worth of equipment from his workshop during a raid on a March industrial estate.

Scott Smart has been forced to turn away work after most of his tools and equipment were stolen from an industrial unit in Thorby Avenue on Sunday last week.

Police are investigating reports of three raids on businesses in the Thorsby Avenue area, including Smart’s Vehicle Repairs, on the same night.

Mr Smart, 31, and his brother Jason, 24, had moved into the unit at Christmas and hoped to build up a successful family business.

But the dream has taken a dent after the theft but the pair have vowed not to give up and will be returning to mobile mechanics. They have given up the unit.

Mr Smart said: “We are going to try to battle on.

“We are going to try to borrow tools to get ourselves going again.

“They have completely gutted us.

“We have had to turn away at least 10 jobs this week as we don’t have the tools.”

Mr Smart , who has been a mechanic for 15 years, learned about the theft at 6.50am on Monday last week.

When he arrived at the unit, Mr Smart discovered that the thieves had taken £10,000 worth of diagnostic equipment along with the tools they had spent years collecting.

A Mercedes sprinter van was also taken during the raid.

This was later found abandoned at a recycling plant in Birmingham.

Mr Smart said: “It was gutting. They left us with the stuff they knew wasn’t worth anything.

“We use good tools and they took all of the stuff we need for specialist jobs.

“They definitely knew what they were looking for.

“It took them four minutes to get into the unit.

“We were finally getting somewhere and overnight that was wiped out.”

Along with the raid on Mr Smart’s unit, police are also looking into two more.

Computer equipment and tools were stolen from a unit in Norman Business Park.

Officers have also received reports of garage equipment being stolen from another unit in March Enterprise Park.

Reports were phoned in on Monday morning.

If you have any information contact police or 101 .