Tools worth £25k are stolen in raid on car business

George Wake, left, and TH Performance proprietor Terry Harborne after thieves stole about �25,000 worth of equipment from the Havant firm ''Picture Ian Hargreaves (160024-5)
George Wake, left, and TH Performance proprietor Terry Harborne after thieves stole about �25,000 worth of equipment from the Havant firm ''Picture Ian Hargreaves (160024-5)

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  • Burglars target car tuning firm at 10.45pm on Sunday
  • Smashed their way in through door
  • Used bolt cutters to get past metal security bars
  • Stole £25,000 worth of tools and equipment
  • £1,000 reward on offer
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RAIDERS pinched £25,000 of equipment from a car tuning firm.

Two people wearing balaclavas were seen on CCTV breaking into TH Performance on Sunday evening.

Whoever did this are scum bags. All we’re trying to do is earn a living

Terry Harborne

Once they had smashed their way through the glass front door and cut the metals security bars off with bolt cutters they up-ended every CCTV camera.

They then spent 45 minutes inside the building, in Solent Trading Estate, Havant, before stealing a 6ft by 4ft Snap On tool box containing £15,000 worth of tools, and power tools and a compressor worth a further £10,000.

Owner Terry Harborne, 48, is offering a £1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

He said: ‘They have made a little bit of a mess but you can see they knew exactly what they were doing.

‘They used a broom to turn the cameras up towards the ceiling.

‘Whoever did this are scumbags. All we’re trying to do is earn a living.

‘We’ve only been here six months. It will affect our businesses because the tools have gone and we can’t do any work until they are replaced.

‘I have a young technician who has built his tools up over the years since he left school and they’ve now all gone.’

The thieves struck at 10.45pm, moments after smashing the front door of nearby Qualitas Asset Maintenance – although nothing was taken from there.

CCTV captured the burglars pulling up to the unit in a van before filling it up and driving off 45 minutes later.

Mr Harborne said he believes the burglars had already ‘scoped’ the premises because they were quickly able to get in and knock out the CCTV.

The tool box was a distinctive luminous green colour and Mr Harborne said he thinks it will quickly sell on the black market because the tools inside are so expensive.

He added: ‘Businesses around here have been round offering tools or any help we need.’

A spokesman for Hampshire constabulary said they are looking for two men seen acting suspiciously in the area between 10pm and 11pm.

They were in a Transit-type van.

Contact PC Darren Dixon with information on 101 quoting reference 4416003622 or 44160003501.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.