A CONSTRUCTION worker has released his own CCTV footage of his van being broken into, after thieves stole almost £3,000 of tools.
Michael Walsh said his very livelihood as a construction plant sitter had been put a risk after he woke to find the box of tools had been stolen from the back of his transit van, in the early hours of March 7.
The 51 year-old checked his CCTV, installed after he had a car stolen from outside his home several years ago, where the thieves can be seen using some sort of key to open the van and haul off the tool box at 2.40am.
“I’m having to borrow other people’s tools to get my job done,” said Michael, from Gresham Road, Hall Green.
“I’ve ordered new ones but it will be weeks until they arrive.
“I’ve spoken to my insurance, and it looks like they will cover it. I don’t know what I’d have done otherwise, the cost runs into the thousands.
“I’ve been working in construction for thirty years, and I’ve had a van outside my house for 25.
“It’s the first time I’ve ever had someone break into the van.”
Michael said he was not alone as two other van owners in Hall Green reported break-ins on the same night.
“It’s not somebody outside the area. I put the box into the van on Wednesday night.
“It was gone by Thursday morning,” he continued.
“They didn’t even have gloves on. There would be prints all over it but the police didn’t bother to come out and brush it.
“So I’m putting the CCTV out there myself. Hopefully someone knows who did it.”
A West Midlands Police spokesman confirmed they were investigating the incident and appealed for anyone with information to call 101.
To view the CCTV footage, visit the Solihull News website www.solihullnews.com.