STOLEN: Braunstone resident Martin Thomas is gutted about the theft of most of his tools, which he collected over more than 40 years as an electrical engineer.
STOLEN: Braunstone resident Martin Thomas is gutted about the theft of most of his tools, which he collected over more than 40 years as an electrical engineer. Clair Morton

What sort of tool would do this?

IT TOOK an entire career for Martin Thomas to build up his tool collection, but only one morning for it all to be taken away.

Now the Braunstone resident and his wife Karen want them back.

The couple were dismayed when they arrived home around lunchtime on Sunday to find their garage had been broken into.

Attempts had been made by the culprit(s) to close the roller door to the house, but they knew something was off as soon as they arrived home.

Inside, one of Mr Thomas's beloved model planes lay damaged on the concrete floor.

Four other model planes were missing, as well as three boxes full of tools accumulated over a lifetime as an electrical engineer.

Two model plane transmitters, two air compressors, a full petrol can and one can of brand new engine oil was also stolen. Each of the three toolboxes - one made of red steel, a grey plastic toolbox, and a small metal blue one with Tayo writen on the side - have M Thomas or Martin written on them.

The loss of his handiwork and tools has been especially deflating as the 65-year-old suffers from Parkinson's disease, and can no longer do things as fast as he used to.

"This is 40 years of an engineer, it's his life," Mrs Thomas said.

"You can't buy some of these tools anymore they go back to when he was an apprentice."

"It's really just the tools we want back," he added.

"I never dreamt some swine would take them away from me."

It is believed a neighbour of the couple saw a small blue or green coupe, which was missing its numberplates, parked in the driveway while the couple were out, but assumed they had visitors.

Anyone with information can phone Grafton police on 6642 0222 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Information leading to the return of the tools may lead to a reward.


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