Heartache for partners as crooks target tyre garage

Mark Linvingstone and Kevin Williams own Just Tyres in Grantham's Alma Park Industrial Estate. The garage was burgled of �10,000 worth of tools.
Mark Linvingstone and Kevin Williams own Just Tyres in Grantham's Alma Park Industrial Estate. The garage was burgled of �10,000 worth of tools.
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ANOTHER independent business in Grantham’s Alma Park Industrial Estate has been burgled of thousands of pounds worth of tools.

Just Tyres, in Ruston Road, is the latest to be hit by crooks, leaving owners Kevin Williams and Mark Livingston £10,000 worse off.

Crooks broke into Just Tyres in Grantham through the wall above ground.

Crooks broke into Just Tyres in Grantham through the wall above ground.

They say a number of neighbouring businesses have been targeted in recent months. As reported in the Journal earlier this year, Auto Workshop and Grand Auto were each stripped of £10,000 worth of tools.

Kevin, 43, said: “We can’t afford to insure the contents because it’s so expensive. The thing is, every time someone buys a cheap second-hand tool, it’s costing people like us. Where there’s a need, there’s a want for these people to do it again.”

Kevin reported the burglary to police on Thursday morning, after he found the “carnage” in the workshop, with tools and tyres strewn across the floor.

The crooks had cut away a section of the wall to break in, loaded a customer’s car with tools and equipment, and smashed their way out of the locked doors.

The car was found that morning by police along a track off Belton Lane.

Most distressing for Mark, 50, was the theft of treasured photo albums belonging to his fiancee. They contained pictures of her grandma and grandad. Her grandad died only two weeks ago.

Mark said: “The albums mean nothing to them, but they stole them anyway. You can’t replace things like that.

“It takes a heartless pig to do something like that. My fiancee is devastated, she’s only just buried her grandad.”

The pair have criticised Lincolnshire Police for a lack of patrols in the estate and say officers are not doing enough to catch those responsible.

Police spokesman James Newall said: “Burglary is not a particular issue on the estate at present, we have sporadic crimes but there is certainly no current trend we are working on.”

l Information to police on 101.