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Oswaldtwistle builder appeals for return of stolen van
A BUILDER turned detective after his van was stolen as he worked on a house.
Russell Brian, 47, from Oswaldtwistle, was working on a porch at a house in Little Harwood, and had his jacket next to him with the keys to his black and white van in the pocket.
At around 11.15am, Mr Brian realised both his jacket and van had been stolen.
The self-employed builder and roofer said the loss of his van, and the tools inside, had destroyed his livelihood.
He said: “That’s it, I’m cockled. I’ve got nothing. I haven’t even got a tape measure. It’s really bad.”
A distraught Mr Brian posted news of the theft on Facebook, and texted friends asking them to help him find the van.
A friend replied to say he had seen the van on Horne Street in Accrington, just an hour after his had been stolen.
Mr Brian then found a woman who had seen two young men, aged between 18 and 20, on Horne Street changing the registration plates on a similar van.
She tried to make a note of the new plates they were putting on the van, which started with ‘MN02’.
His friend found the original registration plates in a bush on Horne Street.
And Mr Brian later discovered some black plastic in bushes on the same street which appeared to have been stripped from the van to change its appearance.
He is now asking for members of the public to help find his van.
The missing tools include a Makita jigsaw, a Makita ripsaw, an electric plane, a 110 yellow box, a Makita cordless drill, and a Dewalt cordless drill.
He said: “I just want to find my van. I don’t know what else I can do.
“It was last seen on Horne Street around 12 o’clock on Wednesday.
“There are some businesses there and I’m going to ask to look at their CCTV. Someone must have seen my van.”
A police spokesman said officers were investigating Wednesday's theft.
He said anyone with information should call police on 101.
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