TAKING the boat out for a few hours of fishing will cost a Bundaberg man thousands of dollars unless his property is returned and the brazen thieves are caught.
Luke Ashmore said he was devastated to find his car window had been smashed and tools stolen after went fishing at Kirby's Wall on Mothers Day.
"It was the first time we had gone down to Kirby's Wall to take the boat out," Mr Ashmore said.
"We were out between the hours of 6 and 9pm and when we returned I noticed the interior light of my car didn't turn on when I open the door.
"I looked around and saw smashed glass everywhere throughout the car then I saw the back window was smashed as well."
Mr Ashmore who is a diesel fitter contractor at Blackwater said his tools are his livelihood and without them he wouldn't be able to return to work.
"I have had to ask for this week off because I can't go back without any tools," he said.
He estimated the tools to be worth about $7000 and said he had slowly added more and more tools each year as they were expensive.
"It's one thing to steal money but to steal my property is another thing," Mr Ashmore said.
The 25-year-old said the thieves also stole about $1200 cash.
"They stole the cash - I had just sold an engine and was supposed to put it in the bank on Monday," he said.
He said the tools which were stolen were in two tool bags which would have weighed at least 30kg each.
"Every single piece has my initials engraved on it - with LA on the small tools such as sockets and Luke A on all other pieces," Mr Ashmore said.
Mr Ashmore said he was shocked they seemed to know what they were doing.
"They didn't try to steal the boat trailer," he said.
"They must have had a fair idea of what they were doing.
"It's taken away my work; I need to have reliable tools."
Bundaberg Police confirmed Mr Ashmore had reported the theft and said anyone with any information should contact Bundaberg Police on 4153 9111.
Mr Ashmore is pleading for his tools to be returned so he can return to work.
"I just want my stuff back - to take the things which people use to make a living is pretty low," he said.
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