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Police appeal after chainsaw burglary in Stroud

Officers in Stroud are appealing for witnesses to a burglary which took place in South Woodchester at the end of last month.

It's believed that a workshop on Southfield Road was broken into at some point between Sunday 26 April and Monday 27 April and that a high value Stihl concrete cutting chainsaw was stolen.

The chain of the saw has very large cutting teeth with one missing and this is a distinct feature which may help to locate the power tool.

A STS branded 110 vault drill along with drill bits and a storage case were also stolen from the workshop.

Alan Hawkins who was the victim of the burglary said: "I'm a member of the community and all I want to do is use my skills and my tools to make things better with regard to not just my trade, but those that want help.

"I clean gutters, go up ladders and fix things because I can and that helps those that have trust in you. It's a headache at times, but I do it because I'm in the community and I can.

"Nailsworth Town Council heard of my work and invited me to quote for the work on the towns memorials too, where the chainsaw would be put to work assisting with cutting of the paving from reclaimed Minchinhampton Weather Bed, the stone that was originally used for the monument and that specified to use by the War Graves Commission.

Investigating Officer DC Smith said: "we believe this chainsaw is unique as it is water cooled and connects to a hose and the teeth on the chain are diamond tipped meaning it would cost £1700 to replace the item.

"The power tool had been purchased by the victim with intentions of restoring memorials in the local area as a good will gesture and I would ask anyone with information to let us know"

If you noticed any suspicious activity in the area around the time of the burglary or have since been offered the chainsaw for sale please let us know by calling 101 and quoting incident number 89 of 1 May.

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