A BURNHAM-ON-SEA tradesman has been left devastated after thieves stole £1,000 worth of tools out of his car. 

Jason Haskins was woken up by his neighbour at 7 am on Sunday (March 22) only to be told that his car had been broken into outside his home in Sutherland Avenue while he slept. 

The self employed dry liner said he relies on his tools for his livelihood and he feels on edge and upset after the incident.

"My car was broken into about 3 am on Sunday. My neighbours stirred but no one saw them unloading the car," Jason said.

"They smashed the back window and must have carried them down the road to a vehicle as there's glass from the car all down the pavement to the end of the road. 

"More than £1,000 worth of tools were stolen from my car.

"A neighbour woke us up at 7 am to tell us the car had been broken into and then we told him there were tools in the back. 

"We have now had to try and get the basics so I can continue working. I am a self employed dry liner so he relies on this as his livelihood.

"All tools are marked with my name and are all Dewalt."

Jason said he has taken out tool and overnight insurance out on his car but will move the tools inside overnight from now on.

He said he would urge workman who leave their tools in their cars to get overnight theft insurance. 

"Its common knowledge to not leave them but sometimes you chance it because its just so much to keep moving," Jason said.

It's made me really on edge and quite upset as we have a really amazing community feel in the cul-de-sac so for someone to come up here praying on other people has ruined that."

A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset Police, said: "We were called yesterday morning (Sunday 22 March) to reports of tools being stolen from a vehicle in Sutherland Avenue, in Burnham-on-Sea.

"It is believed the property was taken at some point between 10pm the previous evening and 7.30am in the morning.

"Anyone who saw something suspicious in the area, or witnessed the theft, is asked to call 101 and give crime reference number 5220067066. Alternatively report it online through our website."