Western Isles Police are appealing to the public for information about a sneak-in theft, which took place at the construction site of the new Daliburgh Primary School, South Uist, between 6pm Saturday 19 May and 8am Sunday 20 May.
Hand and power tools valued at over £1000 were taken from the site; many of which had distinctive markings on them.
Police Constable Adrian Kay of Benbecula Police said: “Most of these tools belonged to self-employed tradesman, who had bought them out of their own pockets. They depended on these for a living and this theft has hit them all financially.
“We urge the public to come forward with any information they may have, either about the night in question, or about anybody selling used tools locally.”
Many of the tools have been marked by their owners. These include a Makita grinder, a Makita router and a Bosch jigsaw all blue in colour, marked with the letters “SK” in black. Also taken were a yellow De Walt laser line marked “FBS” in black, a blue Makita radio, a four-tread Clow fibreglass stepladder, yellow in colour with a blue top, plus various hand tools.
Anyone who may have information about this theft is asked to contact Balivanich Police Station on 01870 602374. Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org, where no personal details are taken, information is not traced and you will not go to court.