A CONSTRUCTION firm boss is putting up £5,000 of his own money as a reward for information which leads to the arrest of thieves who stole around £35,000 worth of equipment from a quarry near Towcester.
Brian Lydon managing director of Lydon Constructing Ltd, based at Pury End Quarry, said he was devastated by the theft of plant equipment over night on Tuesday, April 5.
Mr Lydon, whose company employs 34 people said he is convinced the equipment will be used by disreputable workmen carrying out jobs on the black market.
Mr Lydon said the theft was the second in 12 months and added: “I’m devasted, personally and financially. There’s people out there raking it in on the backs of people doing the right thing.
“It’s obviously down to the economic climate, people are trying to get things done for nothing and this could be down to householders employing black market companies.”
Mr Lydon said commercial theft is often over looked, but with rising costs and thefts such as this one, everyone will feel the affect through increased insurance premiums and the cost of services.
He added: “I just think people need to made aware, because the long and short of it is that we employ a lot of people and they need to pay their mortgages, if we keep over looking these things they will carry on having a detrimental affect on a lot of people.”
Sometime between 5.30pm on Tuesday, April 5 and 6.30am the next day, thieves cut the chain on the main gate which was then lifted off its hinges to allow access to the secure compound and numerous plant items were removed.
A white transit crew cab tipper van, registration number LT58 WBN, was also stolen to remove the plant items, but was later found burned out in Nether Heyford.
A police spoekeman added: “Numerous keys for plant machinery were also taken, the goods stolen were of considerable value and all items were labelled LYDON CONTRACTING.”
Witnesses to this incident, or anyone with information, should call Northants Police on 03000 111222. Alternatively information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.