A BOILER and a large haul of copper piping was stolen when masked raiders cut their way into Plumbase at the Gordleton Industrial Estate in Hordle.
The plumbers’ merchant was targeted last night (Thursday), when an angle grinder is believed to have been used to slice a hole in its front metal shutters.
A worker in a nearby unit on the site, off Sway Road, told the A&T a black Volkswagen pick-up-style van had been spotted there in recent days.
The man, who wished to remain anonymous, said he had worked until 7pm that night before going to the nearby Wheel Inn for a meal.
Cycling home around 10pm, he decided to check on his unit as he went, only to discover the hole in the front of Plumbase.
“I phoned police and originally they were lazy and said they did not want to come out, but when I said to them I could see through the hole in the wall there was a man inside [Plumbase] they quickly sent two cars,” he said.
But after officers got to the scene it transpired the man was the owner of the Plumbase outlet who had been alerted to the scene by the alarm.
The worker continued: “Plumbase have CCTV and it captured the men. There are four of them – the four that had been seen in the van during the day. They used an angle grinder to cut the hole.
“They were in and out in two minutes and knew what they were looking for, so had been casing the joint. They had on masks and were wearing hi-vis jackets.”
Anyone with information should contact Hampshire police on 101, quoting crime reference number 44200103803, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.