THUGS IN MASKS snatched fuel, chainsaws, and a collections of ceramic Buddha figurines from a tree-trimming company owned by a family.
Chainsaws worth about £3,700 were stolen from Tree Fella Ltd in Shoebury, during the early hours of the morning, according to the company’s director Carol Steward.
On the midst of the UK’s fuel crisis, thieves raided the Stewards Yard in Wakering Road and stole petrol from six of the company’s vehicles by smashing the caps off.
A blow to Carol’s business and customers has been dealt since her husband created Tree Fella in 1984.
According to her,“They knew exactly what they were doing, cutting through the fence of the gates next to the yard.
“They targeted around five or six vehicles and took diesel fuel from them. In addition, some of the petrol caps are priced at 150 pounds..
“By cutting the metal, you can see they’ve gotten inside one of the barns, and these aren’t your typical B&Q chainsaws.
“In order to use them, you must get them from specialised sources and undergo formal instruction.”
Also, an unknown number of our ceramic buddhas were taken.
In spite of the difficult year, operating a business is already challenging enough.
Carol and her colleagues were able to examine some of their CCTV video since they were so determined to locate the people responsible.
Back in the front yard, Carol saw that one of them was wearing a white mask, while the other had his face covered with a tee shirt.
“I was startled and devastated when I learned the news. It meant we couldn’t work and had to replace everything, which cost a fortune.
The raid is currently the subject of an Essex Police investigation.
At Stewards Yard, Wakering Road, Shoebury, we’re investigating an allegation of burglary,” a spokesperson said.
“According to our sources, it occurred between 1.30am and 2am on October 3rd.
“We’re still looking into it,” says the official.