Builder devastated after his tools are stolen

PUBLISHED: 11:30 17 December 2015

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Sole trader Jason Jankovic, who lives above Toast Café in Honiton’s high street, woke up last Monday (December 7) to see his van’s windows smashed in and its boot prised open.

A self-employed builder from Honiton has been left devastated after thieves looted thousands of pounds worth of tools from his van - just weeks before Christmas.

Sole trader Jason Jankovic, who lives above Toast Café in Honiton’s high street, woke up last Monday (December 7) to see his van’s windows smashed in and its boot prised open.

The 38-year-old’s tools – which he estimates were worth £2,500 – were all taken, as well as two surfboards in the van, which was parked in a private car park around the back of Toast.

Speaking to the Herald, Jason, who moved to Honiton earlier this year, said: “I got up at 7.30am and saw they [the thieves] had smashed in the side windows of my van.

“My van has windows running down its side instead of solid panels, which means they could have just seen in. I guess they just saw in and smashed the side window on the sliding door.”

Jason is currently saving up for a deposit on a house, and says the incident has been a big ‘knock back’, adding: “It’s a massive bite out of the money I have saved.

“You do all of that hard work saving and putting money away, and it just finds a way of taking you back to square one. I feel so helpless. There’s nothing you can do against people like that who are going to do something like this.”

A keen surfer, Jason stored the two surfboards in the van, which were taken after the offenders prised open its boot.

“My main problem is that the boards were lent to me from a friend so I did not own them,” he said, adding that he will need to spend an extra £1,000 to buy replacement boards.

One of the stolen boards is a white BeachBeat make, with a swallow tail, measuring 7ft 4ins. It was being stored in a green canvas Rhino zip bag.

The other is white Spooky board, measuring 6ft 6ins. It has a Spooky brand sticker on it and was being stored in a green, white and yellow sock.

A spokesman for Honiton’s neighbourhood policing team said: “Residents are asked to be aware of this incident and report any suspicious activity to the police, dialling 999 if the offenders are still in the area at the time.

“Anybody able to offer information regarding this incident is asked to call 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, quoting crime ref 84172/15.”


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