Plumber left with ‘absolutely nothing’ after thieves raid van for tools and Father’s Day gifts

A plumber has ‘absolutely nothing’ left after heartless thieves stole thousands of pounds worth of tools from his van at a Nuneaton hotel.

Not only did they loot his van of all his equipment, they also stole David Routledge’s clothes that he had bought as a Father’s Day gift from his five children.

The County Durham resident has stopped at the Holiday Inn in Bermuda Park while working on the property in Galley Common.

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“As a plumber and heating engineer, my tools and equipment are vital for me to work with,” he said.

“I am absolutely devastated that my equipment, along with thousands of pounds of tools that I worked so hard for, was stolen from my van,” he said.

“Now that I’m just getting back on my feet after the Covid pandemic, like other plumbing engineers, I’m devastated that there are heartless people out there who can do this to someone who works outside the home and five young children.

“I’m worse off now than I was during the pandemic.”

The plumber and heating engineer reported the theft and damage to his van to Warwickshire Police.

The damage to the van after thieves pry it open

He is desperately looking for people with information about the theft, which took place between 10pm on Tuesday, June 22 and 7am on Wednesday, June 23, to contact police.

Likewise, if someone has been offered one of the following Dewalt tools:

  • 88v impact wrench
  • 18v Circular Saw Grinder
  • 18v sds drill
  • 18v tough system radio
  • 6x 5.0amp batteries marked with (dr) in pen
  • Vito pro pack xl tool bag full of hand tools screwdrivers and wrenches
  • Milwaukee hole hog battery angle drill with markings on (tealstone)
  • Testo gas analyzer set
  • Tool bag full of gas equipment and paperwork with customer addresses.

Police statement

A Warwickshire Police spokesman said CCTV in the area has been watched by officers: “This has led to an investigation. See the article : Toilet Tank Fittings Market Growth, Segmentation Analysis by Application and Regions to 2026. Anyone with information can call 101 citing incident 82 dated June 23, 2021.”

Details may also be passed on to agents through the independent charity Crimestoppers, which can be called free of charge from a landline and confidentially, on 0800 555 111 or via

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