More than £12,000 worth of garden equipment has been stolen from Paul Prettejohn’s Garden Machinery outlet at the Blackdown Garden Centre, West Buckland. CCTV cameras recorded the thieves entering the site just after 9pm after breaking open the main gate. Equipment was taken away by car.
“They got in through the roof at the back of my store,” Paul explained. “The front is protected by alarms and cameras but they found a way in – a corner that’s not covered. They got away with hedge-trimmers, leaf blowers and chain saws that they could remove through the roof. Fortunately, the mowers are too big.”
Whilst the loss is covered by insurance, the theft has left Paul feeling angry and resentful at the way thieves have attacked his business – which he has developed independently over the last few years.
Police are now investigating and it is thought that security at the site is to be reviewed.