Online Retailer Toolbox Warns Public About Stolen Power Tools
Itís becoming all too familiar in some areas of the UK; power tools along with various other hand tools and equipment are being stolen and sold on for big money. A lot of people might think that if they didnít steal them, theyíre innocent, but thatís far from true
[USPRwire, Thu Nov 01 2012] In St Johnís Close, Carlisle, over 10 power-tools had been stolen from a builder working on a local site. A few days later, the Police called at a house where they suspected the stolen tools were being kept, ready for selling on. Their suspicion was right as they unearthed 11 power tools worth approximately £2,000 sitting in the house ownerís kitchen.
24 year old, Scott Croxford was the person charged with handling stolen goods. Although he wasnít the thief, the day before the raid he had accepted the tools from two men, as well as purchasing a boiler.
When questioned, Croxford admitted to handling stolen goods with the intent to sell them on for profit in order to hopefully pay off some of his debts. The punishment, an 8-month prison sentence coupled with 250 hours of unpaid work and a curfew; was justice served in this particular case?
Lee Taylor, General Manager at Toolbox commented: ďSometimes people seem to forget how valuable the tools they own are, especially when youíre buying big brand names such as DeWalt or Black & Decker. Itís quite easy to rack up a few thousand pounds worth of equipment in a shed or van and not even realise it. These people are the ones who usually get targeted, because thieves see an easy opportunity to capitalise and make profit on those who arenít taking precautions.Ē
ďIf youíve just purchased a £400 power tool kit it makes complete sense to lock it up and bring it into the house overnight. Donít think that after 2 months of owning it that it doesnít matter anymore, because it does Ė thieves are always looking for whatever they can get, donít make it easy for them!Ē
The lads at Toolbox are always very adamant about the risk of tool theft to individuals or companies and it pays to always be on the safe side. There are far too many people who have fallen victim to tool thieves and thatís why Toolbox are trying to raise awareness of just how widespread this problem can be.
Toolbox.co.uk currently operates on the constantly expanding Online Home Retail Network which currently runs around 50 websites. here Online Home Retail Limited first started out as Plumbworld Ltd back in 1999 and since then it has been bought by the Grafton Group PLC in 2006 and received a major rebrand in 2012. The business now employs 60 people in its purpose built warehouse/offices and has a total turnover nearing £25 million per year.