Tradie hammered by gutless $30,000 tool theft

THE victims of a $30,000 tool and trailer heist have warned Toowoomba tradies to be on the lookout for thieves.

Peter Bennett's freshly-painted, $10,000 trailer was parked outside a Harlaxton work site when it was stolen.

It held $20,000 in tools, meaning he can not return to work until they are replaced.

His wife, Alexandra Whitley, took to social media in an effort to recover the trailer and its contents.

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"It's got everything he needs so he's not really working at the moment," she said.

"We were on holidays and came back on Friday night.

"His apprentice used it on Thursday morning, so it must have been taken some time between Thursday afternoon and Friday night."

A trailer containing $20,000 worth of tools was stolen from Harlaxton late last week.
A trailer containing $20,000 worth of tools was stolen from Harlaxton late last week. Contributed

The trailer (pictured) was fitted with registration plates 723 QPE.

Toowoomba carpenter Adam Stiller had $2500 worth of tools stolen from a Kearneys Spring building site last week.

"Any theft is not cool, but to steal a man's tools is the lowest of the low," he said.

"If you take away his tools, you take away his family's livelihood."

A circular saw, drills, spirit levels, batteries and chargers were among the stolen tools.

"Initially, I thought it might only be worth a few hundred dollars," Mr Stiller said.

"But I did the maths when I was talking to the police and it worked out to about $2500."

The tools were taken from inside the house on which Mr Stiller was working as well as his utility.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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