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Thieves steal from Trophy Pet Foods franchisee

A Trophy Pet Foods franchisee has been left out of pocket after thieves took thousands of pounds worth of equipment.

Dave Hume had his van stolen from outside his house, in County Durham, overnight on July 27.

When he woke up at 6am he noticed the Ford Transit was missing. Samples and equipment needed for an exhibition at a dog agility show at the weekend were in the van at the time.
As well as a specialist veterinary scale and marketing items such as banners and an industrial gazebo.
Mr Hume told Teesdale Mercury: “My whole business is home delivery.
“The van is like a mobile pet shop. It is just so visible, it is logo-ed to the hilt. It is in pristine condition with low mileage.”
He added: “I only had new tyres and brakes put on the front last week.
“There is no sign of a break in, there is no glass anywhere, so they got in somehow. If you are pinching something with that much livery, they must have somewhere to take it.”

Mr Hume valued the van at around £8,000 with its content being worth more than £3,000.
Sgt Simon Rogers, of Barnard Castle Police, said: “I would just like to remind people to make sure that they lock their vehicles, removing all valuables from them and to report anything suspicious to the police on 101.”

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