An Aberdeen business owner has hit out after thieves stole £2,000 of tools during a raid on his shed.
David Cumming, 59, of Torry, lost several tools, including a chainsaw and a strimmer when the shed behind his home on Girdleness Road was robbed.
David, who owns DC Garden Services, says the thieves’ actions have had a major impact on his firm as they have put him “out of business”.
The landscape gardener is now offering a reward of £1,000 for information that leads to the items being returned or the prosecution of those involved.
He said: “It’s not even about the money, it’s about the principal.
“What they’ve done is put someone out of business, that’s what they’ve done to me.
“So I’m offering £1,000 to anyone that can help me find the tools, or that leads to a criminal prosecution.”
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David said he was “gutted” when he noticed that the tools had gone.
He said: “Usually I get up at about 5am and go outside for a cigarette before work.
“That’s when I noticed that the shed was lying open.
“One of the worst parts about it is that the strimmer was brand new, I had only used it once after getting it about two weeks ago for £680.”
This is the second strimmer that has been taken from David in the past few months, with his last machine being grabbed from the back of his work van.
A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “We did receive a call from someone at around 6am, reporting the theft of tools from the Torry area between 11pm and 5am.
“The items that were taken have been valued at a low four-figure sum.
“Inquiries are still ongoing, and anyone that may have seen anything suspicious should call 101, quoting the reference number 516 of November 1, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”