Appeal after Rusty's van stolen and dumped - minus his wood carver's tools

Appeal after Rusty's van stolen and dumped - minus his wood carver's tools

Appeal after Rusty's van stolen and dumped - minus his wood carver's tools

First published in News

THIEVES stole a wood carver’s tools from his van before abandoning it.

Mark “Rusty” Russell, 50, woke to find his green van missing from near his houseboat on Colchester’s King Edwards Quay.

The van was found four miles away, in Homefield Road, after an appeal on Facebook. His tools, worth thousands of pounds, were missing.

The probation officer also runs Marnic Wood Carvings and created an owl for Highwoods Country Park, has items outside B&Q in Clacton and was commissioned to design a green man, owl and an Easter Island head for Colchester Castle.

Mr Russell, who is involved in the Cosmic Puffin Festival, said: “All my chainsaws were inside, including a new one I had never used. It is a relief to get the van back, but I could have replaced it more easily than the tools.”

The Ford Transit was stolen between Tuesday at 10pm and yesterday at 8am.

The tools include an MS880, MS211 and MS180 Stihl chainsaws.

Anyone with information can call Colchester police on 101.

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2:21pm Thu 24 Jul 14

mike 96 says...

Try the travellers!!!!
Try the travellers!!!! mike 96
  • Score: 7

3:28pm Thu 24 Jul 14

sam vines says...

mike 96 wrote:
Try the travellers!!!!
Would like to say that was a bit prejudice. However its starting to point towards that direction. We have had four different scrap metal vans coming round here in the last week. Seems to me we should be getting ready for a bit of a spike in theft of anything that's not nailed down. What's the sudden attraction with all these travellers coming to Colchester when we have no official pitches.
[quote][p][bold]mike 96[/bold] wrote: Try the travellers!!!![/p][/quote]Would like to say that was a bit prejudice. However its starting to point towards that direction. We have had four different scrap metal vans coming round here in the last week. Seems to me we should be getting ready for a bit of a spike in theft of anything that's not nailed down. What's the sudden attraction with all these travellers coming to Colchester when we have no official pitches. sam vines
  • Score: 8

3:28pm Thu 24 Jul 14

sam vines says...

mike 96 wrote:
Try the travellers!!!!
Would like to say that was a bit prejudice. However its starting to point towards that direction. We have had four different scrap metal vans coming round here in the last week. Seems to me we should be getting ready for a bit of a spike in theft of anything that's not nailed down. What's the sudden attraction with all these travellers coming to Colchester when we have no official pitches.
[quote][p][bold]mike 96[/bold] wrote: Try the travellers!!!![/p][/quote]Would like to say that was a bit prejudice. However its starting to point towards that direction. We have had four different scrap metal vans coming round here in the last week. Seems to me we should be getting ready for a bit of a spike in theft of anything that's not nailed down. What's the sudden attraction with all these travellers coming to Colchester when we have no official pitches. sam vines
  • Score: -1

3:28pm Thu 24 Jul 14

sam vines says...

mike 96 wrote:
Try the travellers!!!!
Would like to say that was a bit prejudice. However its starting to point towards that direction. We have had four different scrap metal vans coming round here in the last week. Seems to me we should be getting ready for a bit of a spike in theft of anything that's not nailed down. What's the sudden attraction with all these travellers coming to Colchester when we have no official pitches.
[quote][p][bold]mike 96[/bold] wrote: Try the travellers!!!![/p][/quote]Would like to say that was a bit prejudice. However its starting to point towards that direction. We have had four different scrap metal vans coming round here in the last week. Seems to me we should be getting ready for a bit of a spike in theft of anything that's not nailed down. What's the sudden attraction with all these travellers coming to Colchester when we have no official pitches. sam vines
  • Score: -1

3:28pm Thu 24 Jul 14

sam vines says...

mike 96 wrote:
Try the travellers!!!!
Would like to say that was a bit prejudice. However its starting to point towards that direction. We have had four different scrap metal vans coming round here in the last week. Seems to me we should be getting ready for a bit of a spike in theft of anything that's not nailed down. What's the sudden attraction with all these travellers coming to Colchester when we have no official pitches.
[quote][p][bold]mike 96[/bold] wrote: Try the travellers!!!![/p][/quote]Would like to say that was a bit prejudice. However its starting to point towards that direction. We have had four different scrap metal vans coming round here in the last week. Seems to me we should be getting ready for a bit of a spike in theft of anything that's not nailed down. What's the sudden attraction with all these travellers coming to Colchester when we have no official pitches. sam vines
  • Score: -1

3:28pm Thu 24 Jul 14

sam vines says...

mike 96 wrote:
Try the travellers!!!!
Would like to say that was a bit prejudice. However its starting to point towards that direction. We have had four different scrap metal vans coming round here in the last week. Seems to me we should be getting ready for a bit of a spike in theft of anything that's not nailed down. What's the sudden attraction with all these travellers coming to Colchester when we have no official pitches.
[quote][p][bold]mike 96[/bold] wrote: Try the travellers!!!![/p][/quote]Would like to say that was a bit prejudice. However its starting to point towards that direction. We have had four different scrap metal vans coming round here in the last week. Seems to me we should be getting ready for a bit of a spike in theft of anything that's not nailed down. What's the sudden attraction with all these travellers coming to Colchester when we have no official pitches. sam vines
  • Score: -1

4:27pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Angry of Lexden says...

sam vines wrote:
mike 96 wrote:
Try the travellers!!!!
Would like to say that was a bit prejudice. However its starting to point towards that direction. We have had four different scrap metal vans coming round here in the last week. Seems to me we should be getting ready for a bit of a spike in theft of anything that's not nailed down. What's the sudden attraction with all these travellers coming to Colchester when we have no official pitches.
Sam, are you making a take over bid for this thread? Or do you have an enormous stutter?
[quote][p][bold]sam vines[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mike 96[/bold] wrote: Try the travellers!!!![/p][/quote]Would like to say that was a bit prejudice. However its starting to point towards that direction. We have had four different scrap metal vans coming round here in the last week. Seems to me we should be getting ready for a bit of a spike in theft of anything that's not nailed down. What's the sudden attraction with all these travellers coming to Colchester when we have no official pitches.[/p][/quote]Sam, are you making a take over bid for this thread? Or do you have an enormous stutter? Angry of Lexden
  • Score: 6

4:41pm Thu 24 Jul 14

romantic says...

Ultimately, the only way to stop thefts like this is to remove the market. If somebody's got some tools for sale at really low prices, alarm bells should ring. (Same goes for almost anything which seems too cheap to be true). I have no idea if this is opportunists, travellers or indeed somebody who knew him, but whoever it is will be looking to sell this stuff on. I guess they will probably get sent on to another area where nobody's seen the Colchester news, but who knows.

The van can be replaced, but these tools are this guy's living. I hope whoever did this has a conscience - but I doubt it.
Ultimately, the only way to stop thefts like this is to remove the market. If somebody's got some tools for sale at really low prices, alarm bells should ring. (Same goes for almost anything which seems too cheap to be true). I have no idea if this is opportunists, travellers or indeed somebody who knew him, but whoever it is will be looking to sell this stuff on. I guess they will probably get sent on to another area where nobody's seen the Colchester news, but who knows. The van can be replaced, but these tools are this guy's living. I hope whoever did this has a conscience - but I doubt it. romantic
  • Score: 4

7:30pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Angry of Lexden says...

romantic wrote:
Ultimately, the only way to stop thefts like this is to remove the market. If somebody's got some tools for sale at really low prices, alarm bells should ring. (Same goes for almost anything which seems too cheap to be true). I have no idea if this is opportunists, travellers or indeed somebody who knew him, but whoever it is will be looking to sell this stuff on. I guess they will probably get sent on to another area where nobody's seen the Colchester news, but who knows.

The van can be replaced, but these tools are this guy's living. I hope whoever did this has a conscience - but I doubt it.
Romantic - conscience? you are being romantic. They consider it fare game, how else do you think they earn all those rolls of cash. They stole some statutes from my business unit a few years ago. To start with two guys came into the unit asking friendly but irrelevant questions but their eyes were everywhere. A couple if hours later we noticed a number statues from the display outside were missing. The cctv for the business centre was checked. It recorded them moving from unit to unit and returning to ours where they walked off with four statues. Phoned the police, who suggested we had a quick look round nearby. And we found the statues! The police had explained that the travelling community will take people's gear and hide it asap. They then return and find it - if then caught they just state they found it - in their twisted values this is ok.
[quote][p][bold]romantic[/bold] wrote: Ultimately, the only way to stop thefts like this is to remove the market. If somebody's got some tools for sale at really low prices, alarm bells should ring. (Same goes for almost anything which seems too cheap to be true). I have no idea if this is opportunists, travellers or indeed somebody who knew him, but whoever it is will be looking to sell this stuff on. I guess they will probably get sent on to another area where nobody's seen the Colchester news, but who knows. The van can be replaced, but these tools are this guy's living. I hope whoever did this has a conscience - but I doubt it.[/p][/quote]Romantic - conscience? you are being romantic. They consider it fare game, how else do you think they earn all those rolls of cash. They stole some statutes from my business unit a few years ago. To start with two guys came into the unit asking friendly but irrelevant questions but their eyes were everywhere. A couple if hours later we noticed a number statues from the display outside were missing. The cctv for the business centre was checked. It recorded them moving from unit to unit and returning to ours where they walked off with four statues. Phoned the police, who suggested we had a quick look round nearby. And we found the statues! The police had explained that the travelling community will take people's gear and hide it asap. They then return and find it - if then caught they just state they found it - in their twisted values this is ok. Angry of Lexden
  • Score: 13

12:35am Fri 25 Jul 14

Boris says...

If he is able to get his tools back, or buy replacement ones, it might be a good idea to get his van repainted. The huge crossed chainsaws on the back amount to an invitation: "This van contains chainsaws".
If he is able to get his tools back, or buy replacement ones, it might be a good idea to get his van repainted. The huge crossed chainsaws on the back amount to an invitation: "This van contains chainsaws". Boris
  • Score: 1

11:27pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Angry of Lexden says...

Boris wrote:
If he is able to get his tools back, or buy replacement ones, it might be a good idea to get his van repainted. The huge crossed chainsaws on the back amount to an invitation: "This van contains chainsaws".
What are you saying b?
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: If he is able to get his tools back, or buy replacement ones, it might be a good idea to get his van repainted. The huge crossed chainsaws on the back amount to an invitation: "This van contains chainsaws".[/p][/quote]What are you saying b? Angry of Lexden
  • Score: 2

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