Gardaí in Carlow are investigating the theft of power tools and power tool accessories - worth a reported €13,500 - after a van was broken into in The Cloisters area of Carlow Town.
The incident occurred at around 10.35pm on Saturday, August 11 and the items taken included: a DeWalt chop saw valued at €1,100; two DeWalt screw guns, two nail guns orange in colour valued at €750 each; sixteen batteries for power tools at €90 each.
Other items taken were: a Bosch drill; a Husqvarna chainsaw; a Makita skill saw; a Makita kango hammer, a DeWalt laser level; two DeWalt plunge saws valued at €500 each; two DeWalt nine volt batteries and eight DeWalt chargers valued at €100 each.
A black file bag taken with all the other items was discarded on an off-ramp of the M50 on the way into Ballymun.
It was found on August 12 and handed into Ballymun Garda Station.
Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have been in The Cloisters area at the time of the incident or who may have noticed anything unusual to contact Carlow Gardaí on 059 913 6620 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.
Gardaí say that anyone offered tools for sale should be wary of what they're buying, to be careful and buy from respectable sources.
People who are in the building trade are encouraged to make sure their property is secured, marked and photographed.
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