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A police operation headed by Detective Inspector Johnny Monks over the last May bank holiday weekend saw nine vehicles seized, five addresses raided, and hundreds of power tools recovered.

The haul includes lawnmowers, chain saws, drills and angle grinders. The thefts have left many workmen who rely on their tools struggling to make a living. The operation, involving up to 40 officers, was carried out at various locations in the city and county. Six men and a youth aged between 14 and 27 have been arrested on suspicion of theft and released on police bail pending further enquiries. A total of 700 vans and vehicles carrying power tools have been broken into across the force area since January.

Det Insp Monks said: "It's mainly builders' and workmen's vans which have been targeted. People's livelihoods have been affected, with people struggling to do the job without the tools they need." He added: "Since the operation we've been able to return over £70,000 worth of power tools to their owners, but we still have hundreds more which we want to give back. People were over the moon to get their stolen property back. The operation has involved a huge amount of work, but it has been very satisfying to recover the property and return it to its rightful owners. We have uploaded more than 250 photographs of the stolen tools to the police website so I would urge people whose tools have been stolen to visit the website and see if they recognise their stolen tools. If you can prove the item is yours as you have a receipt, great. However, we know not everyone will still have these, so we also want to hear from you if you can identify the items by other means, such as distinguishing marks, dents, scratches and alterations."

Viewing days for the stolen tools will be held at Leicestershire Police headquarters from 9am on Saturday(6) until 1pm on Sunday(7). People, who suspect their tools are among those recovered, will need proof of identity, in the form of a driving licence or passport, proof of residence and are being asked to fill in a form available online at;

Details from Leicester Mercury









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