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A 34-year-old joiner from Lancashire has been left hoping that his joiner van insurance policy will cover the loss of £2,000 worth of tools that were stolen from his van.

However, his 27-year-old partner hopes that a joiner van insurance claim won’t be necessary; she has used social media to share CCTV recordings of the theft and is banking on the detective work of members of the public to identify the thieves and to hopefully recover all of the tools, which included a circular router, a combi drill, an impact driver, a jigsaw, a titan angle grinder and a multi-tool.

The woman told the press, “We knew next door had CCTV so we went to have a look and you can see the whole thing. The person comes to the back of the van, takes some things out then takes them across the road. Then he comes back to the van, takes some more stuff, runs away and then comes back again.”

The couple have already managed to recover one of the stolen tools – a planer worth several hundred pounds was abandoned by the thieves just around the corner from the joiner’s home address.

The couple say that although their first hope is to recover the important equipment, they accept that they might have to make a claim on their van insurance policy, although they are unsure if it includes sufficient tools cover.

“All the tools are marked with a black marker, and we just hope that if whoever took them tries to sell them on then someone will realise they are ours,” said the man’s partner.

“The police have been round and we’ve shared the footage on Facebook, but we just want the tools back.”

Police confirmed that they have received notification of the theft and are looking into the matter.

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