Do you recognise any of these tools stolen from workers in Northamptonshire?

Rural Police team trying to track down owners of haul seized from stolen vehicles

By Kevin Nicholls
Thursday, 11th June 2020, 9:12 am

Police are hunting owners of a huge stash of stolen work tools recovered during a raid to seize three vehicles believed to be involved in rural crime in Northamptonshire.

Two of the vehicles have already been returned to owners — one in Northamptonshire and one in London — and around £2,000-worth of tools have been tracked to an own in the Thames Valley area

But PC 'Hutch' Hutchings, from Northants Rural Crime Team, is still attempting to reunite the rest with their owners.

Police are attempting to reunite this haul of stolen tools with owners. Photos: Northamptonshire Police

PC Hutchings said: "We have started going through the tools looking for identifying marks. Fortunately a lot have initials or names on — including some with Cain and Jack written on — and we hope that this will help the owners recognise their equipment."

"We have already spoken to one company and are looking forward to getting their kit back to them."

Among the tools was what appeared to be a Samurai sword.

But PC Hutchings quickly added: "It's not a real one — it's for training only. We believe the tradesperson who’s van was broken into may be into martial arts."

Some of the stolen tools recovered by Northamptonshire Police

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