Tradie devastated after thieves steal $8000 in tools
IT'S like losing your wallet, but 100 times worse.
Karl Bambosek's workmates have summed up the 23-year-old carpenter's frustration after the theft of his trailer and $8000 worth of tools in a brazen raid on a Toowoomba construction site.
The young tradie, who works for Northbuild Construction, went to work at the Toowoomba Hospital development, facing James St, on Monday morning to find his trailer gone.
"I turned to grab the trailer, stood there thinking did I take it home, and then saw the muddy tracks onto James St.''
He said it must have happened between Saturday afternoon and Monday morning, the locks cut on the locked compound as well as the gates.
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He reported it to police, but was devastated to learn his insurance covered the trailer, but not the contents.
"It's probably taken me six or seven years to collect them all."
Mr Bambosek's site manager Mick Heaney is appealing to the public to help out the young carpenter.
"They've taken his livelihood, he can't do anything without them," Mr Heaney said.
"I felt it necessary to do something because of how difficult it is for him.
"I had my trailer stolen before and know what it's like."
Within a day of putting out a call for help, Mr Heaney has had commitments from Toowoomba businesses including his own company Rise Construction along with Westside Timbers, HSE, Burke Industries, Northbuild and Total Tools.
Mr Heaney also wanted the theft to be a caution to other workers to be vigilant and take extra care with their valuables on-site, as well as a reminder to know what their isurance policy covered.
"It's happening a lot at the moment, they're scoping out sites and finding out what they can take.
If you can help Mr Bambosek with carpentry tools or a donation, phone Mick Heaney from Rise Construction on 0429 412 775 or the Northbuild office in Toowoomba on 4690 4500.
Toowoomba Hospital general manager Dr Peter Gillies said security staff would continue to patrol the campus on foot and in vehicles 24 hours a day.
"There will be increased surveillance in the Fountain House area of the campus," he said.