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The great Farrer tool heist

By johnboy - 25 May 2012 7

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to the theft of a trailer and tools, stolen from Farrer overnight (Friday, May 25).

Between 9.30pm last night (Thursday, May 24) and 5am this morning, the trailer, a grey-coloured 1995 model, was stolen from a home in Farrer. The trailer had been hooked up to the car at the time of the theft and was locked.

About 6.30am the trailer was located in a car park at the Calwell Playing Fields, minus the tools. The locks on the trailer and the toolboxes inside had been forced open.

Approximately $35,000 worth of carpentry and building tools were stolen from the toolboxes.

Anyone who may have witnessed suspicious behaviour in Farrer overnight or in Calwell this morning, or who may have information, is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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The great Farrer tool heist
p1 8:01 pm 26 May 12

dvaey said :

Sandman said :

Replacement cost of brand new tools I could see as being $35,000. The secondhand value of a bunch of worn out carpenters tools used day in, day out on the other hand…

Being a tradie, he no doubt depreciated his tools for tax purposes quite heavily too. Its kinda like having an old commodore stolen, and claiming you lost $30k worth of car because thats what they cost when they were new.

While that is partly true, no one has a saving account with cash equal to the depreciation of all their assets, just waiting for the unexpected need to replace them. It is not like the tradie can pick up the same set of tools second hand for a fraction the cost and go on with life… Well maybe exactly the same set at cash converters…

dvaey 3:58 pm 26 May 12

Sandman said :

Replacement cost of brand new tools I could see as being $35,000. The secondhand value of a bunch of worn out carpenters tools used day in, day out on the other hand…

Being a tradie, he no doubt depreciated his tools for tax purposes quite heavily too. Its kinda like having an old commodore stolen, and claiming you lost $30k worth of car because thats what they cost when they were new.

Sandman 3:29 pm 26 May 12

Replacement cost of brand new tools I could see as being $35,000. The secondhand value of a bunch of worn out carpenters tools used day in, day out on the other hand……

Most trades I know have their trailers reversed into the driveway and locked to the car if the need to leave them out arises. Seems odd to leave the trailer so easily accessible with so many tools in it.

troutfisher 9:57 am 26 May 12

I had my tools stolen about 12 years ago, some of them I had owned since I was a 1st year apprentice. I don’t doubt for one minute that you can fit $35,000 into the back of a trailer. As has already been said, tradies rarely buy your home handyman quality tools just as your weekend DIY wouldn’t contemplate spending $500 on a battery drill

I hope he / she had insurance, although I ended up being out of pocket for a couple of months before I got my money back.

wildturkeycanoe 7:36 am 26 May 12

agree with neanderthalsis. A good quality hammer doesn’t cost $15, it’s more like $100. A cheap tape measure is $5, whereas a Fat Max tape measure can go for over $50 easily. A lot of simple hand tools won’t get you to a grand sum but if you add things like cordless power tools, for which a complete kit can be up to $4000+, it becomes possible. Also, laser levels aren’t cheap, nor are nail guns, bench saws, the list goes on. Hopefully the owner had insurance, because without the tools his livelihood is on the line. That’ll take a long time to save up to replace.

neanderthalsis 9:24 pm 25 May 12

cranky said :

Whilst unimpressed by this theft, I do question the value of the tools stolen.

35G’s buys a very substantial number of woodworking tools.

If the owner was a tradie, I doubt the tools would have been the $19 Bunnings options. trade quality tools are quite pricey and easily run into the thousands for things like portable bench saws and decent gas powered nail guns.

cranky 8:58 pm 25 May 12

Whilst unimpressed by this theft, I do question the value of the tools stolen.

35G’s buys a very substantial number of woodworking tools.

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