the theft of tools with an estimated value of just under £50,000 from a bus depot in Jedburgh will not impact on services delivered under contract to Scottish Borders Council, writes Andrew Keddie.
A council spokesperson said that assurance had been issued this week by Munro’s of Jedburgh which operates several school and passenger services for the local authority.
On Tuesday, the police issued an appeal for witnesses following a break-in at the company’s Oakvale Garage at Bongate between 11.30pm on Sunday and 4.45am on Monday.
They revealed that three large mechanic toolboxes and their contents had been stolen. “Anyone who was in the area of the garage and surrounding area and remembers seeing anything suspicious is asked to contact us,” said the spokesperson.
The break-in comes less than three weeks after the same premises were raided and a safe, containing around £3,000, was stolen overnight between May 23 and 24.
That incident is still under investigation by local CID officers.
Munro’s engineering director Bruce Campbell said the most expensive item of the haul was a 40-inch Snap-On tool chest, roll cab and tools worth £20,000. The other chests, 36-inch Snap-On and Britool brands, were valued collectively at £8,500. Four diagnostic kits – a Mercedes, a Cummins, an Optare and a Knore Bremse – were also part of the haul, along with 12 tyres, mounted on wheels and valued at £6,000.
Four brake drums, four alternators, two laptop computers, nine suspension air bellows and five starter motors were also taken.
“It’s a bitter blow for the company, but we have been very grateful to our local suppliers and other businesses who have stepped into the breach with equipment to allow our services to continue unimpeded,” said Mr Campbell.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the police on 0131 311 3131 or, with anonymity assured, on 0800 555 111.