Tradesman hits out after 4×4 break-in at Lincoln car park costs him more than £1,000

A small businessman who came to Lincoln to fit a GBP60 fire extinguisher found himself GBP1,350 out of pocket after his truck was broken into and tools stolen. Ross Mawhinney, 40, parked in the NCP car park in St Rumbold Street to visit Mundys Estate Agents in Silver Street. He returned to his Nissan Navara to fetch a fire extinguisher he had just sold to the business when he realised that the rear window was smashed and his tools had gone.

Mr Mawhinney, who is married to Carley with whom he has a four-and-a-half year-old son Teddy, lost GBP800 worth of Malika tools including drills, batteries and chargers and has spent GBP500 on replacing the rear glass door. He said: "I'm stunned. I was parked right in the middle of a busy car park in the early afternoon.

"Some people think it's ok to just take what's not theirs just to go and buy drink or drugs. "The impact on a small business is massive."

Ross Mawhinney has been left more than GBP1,000 out of pocket after his vehicle was broken into

Mr Mawhinney, from Peterborough, who runs Crossfire Protection Ltd, said that he has had to reschedule three days' worth of jobs because of sorting out an insurance claim, getting his vehicle repaired and buying new tools. He said: "I've had to pay to get the truck fixed myself because it wasn't covered because the insurance company deemed that the rear was modified.

"I run my own business, I work my best and hardest to always provide the best service possible for all my customers. "If my phone rings during the evening or weekend, I answer it. If I need to leave at 4am, I do.

"I'm doing my best to grow the business while providing for my family. "I could do without having to spend more than GBP1,000 with Christmas on the way."

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Mr Mawhinney added: "It's not always practical to take all of your tools with you because you don't always know what you need until you get to the job."

Tradesman hits out after 4x4 break-in at Lincoln car park costs him more than £1,000The car park was busy

The incident happened between 1pm and 1.30pm on Friday, October 18.

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Tradesman hits out after 4x4 break-in at Lincoln car park costs him more than £1,000Power tools were stolen

 A police spokesman said: "We received a call at 2.13pm on October 18 reporting a theft from a Nissan Navara parked in the NCP car park on St Rumbold Street, Lincoln.   "The rear window of the vehicle had been smashed and several items including drills and batteries had been taken.

"It is believed to have happened between 1pm and 1.30pm.

"Anyone with information should call us on 101, quoting incident 224 of October 18."

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