1 Sep, 2010 @ 09:56
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Builder crumbles

By Nicola Cowell

A STRUGGLING builder has had to cancel his summer holiday after thieves stole almost all of his equipment.

Patrick Crosby of PKC Construction returned to the house where his team was working in Alcaudete, Jaen, to find that 75 per cent of his tools had been taken.

Expensive equipment including a pneumatic drill, a chainsaw, ladders, spirit levels and other smaller tools were stolen.

Thieves also stole camping equipment belonging to the owners of the house, which is near the hamlet of Noguerones.

The company – which is insured for building, but not theft – is offering a reward to anyone with information about the theft.

Crosby said: “I’m upset and annoyed and I haven’t been able to sleep very well.

“This is the last thing I expected to happen in this rural area of Spain and we have had to cancel our holidays to the coast.”

Most of the tools can be clearly recognised as belonging to the company as they are marked with green spraypaint and company logos.

Anyone with information can call Patrick on 606058700

Jon Clarke (Publisher & Editor)

Jon Clarke is a Londoner who worked at the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday as an investigative journalist before moving permanently to Spain in 2003 where he helped set up the Olive Press. He is the author of three books; Costa Killer, Dining Secrets of Andalucia and My Search for Madeleine.

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  1. A neighbour of mine has had to move to his cortijo to live for a few weeks because he arrived one day a few weeks back to find half of his avocado crop loaded in crates awaiting collection.
    Only problem was that he did’nt load them; they were in the process of being stolen.

  2. so Spain is coming into the New Real World where if you don’t screw it down it will get nicked.
    I remember back in the 60’s that Looe in Cornwall had an open house policy, you could walk into a friend’s house and make yourself a cup of tea and leave a note when you leave.

  3. Have to agree with PeterMac,

    Carpenters in particular have a lot of money invested in tools and no matter how long it took each night to load up their equipment – they always did and then they used to unload their vans at night when they got home.

    Dave – when I started work you could leave your wage packet on the table and the worst that would happen (and I did this once) I got a bollocking from the foreman for creating a temptation for others – like you say the new real world – leaves a bad taste in the mouth does’nt it.

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