Support helps Sussex garage survive £36,000 robbery

Published:  05 March, 2018

An East Sussex garage had £36,000 of tooling stolen during a recent break-in, but is getting back on track thanks to support from other businesses and the community.

The owners and staff at Kingfisher Motor Company, based outside Selmeston, near Lewes arrived at work on the morning of 18 January to find a six foot hole in the concrete wall, and their tool boxes emptied following a robbery overnight. Most of what was taken was Snap-on equipment.

Director Sharon Langenhoven commented:“They and took rows of sockets, spanners, screwdrivers and impact guns. As well as that they took a new jump pack, battery tester, thermal imaging camera and  a smoke leak tester. Basically they took everything we owned. The only thing they didn't take was our three diagnostic kits. We have now itemised everything and the total cost was £36,000.

“We couldn't work and we didn't have the cashflow to go out and buy £40,000 worth of tools. They were not bought in one hit - they were accumulated over 20 years.“

The four year-old business was forced to postpone jobs, and could have faced closure as a result of the raid. Fortunately support flooded in and the business is now set to continue: "It was so upsetting when it happened, all those messages have really helped bolster our self esteem and helped us to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves down and carry on.”

Security at the rural site has been bolstered following the robbery: “The doors are very secure. It wasn't through the doors they gained entry though - it was actually through a section of wall.  That's all been strengthened now.”

The company  is offering a substantial reward to anyone who can  help apprehend the thieves.

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