Wigan fishing tackle thieves caught on CCTV
Lee Hilton, an electrician who lives on Bexhill Drive, was one of several residents of Hindley Green who fell victim to burglars in the early hours of Monday, November 1.
The thieves, captured by various CCTV cameras in the area, also stole pedal cycles and bicycles from other homes, using a pair of bolt cutters. There seems to be little doubt that the incidents are related.
Unfortunately, a failure in Lee’s personal CCTV system prevented clear video of the theft itself, but he was able to piece together what had happened using footage from neighbors.
He said: “You can tell it only took them a few seconds to get into the van.”
Having moved into his property 18 months ago, this is the third crime he and his family endure, including a terrifying encounter with masked intruders.
He said: “Since we moved here, I once had the car broken into and then two masked thieves who entered through the front door while we were in bed.
“They walked through the door and turned on the lights in the living room!”
Fortunately, this time Lee woke up before the intruders could take anything and scared them off.
As an avid fisherman who fishes Leeds Tackle, Lee has spent years collecting the equipment he uses on his weekly fishing trips.
He said: “People don’t realize how much this all adds up. I would say it all costs between seven and ten thousand pounds.
Various power tools that Lee needs for his job were also taken away, while other items were thrown outside the van.
He said: “They didn’t just take my hobby, they tried to rob me of my livelihood and they don’t care.
“We have to stop it, it really is.”
Anyone with information about break-ins or the possible location of stolen property can contact Greater Manchester Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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