THIEVES raided a car parts firm and stole thousands of pounds worth of tools and equipment.
Detectives are investigating a burglary at Mecaplast, in Fiennes Road, on Peterlee’s North West Industrial Estate.
Thieves lifted the heavy gates out of their mountings and police believe at least four people were involved.
A steel container was broken into and among the haul of items stolen are a £500 petrol generator, a vibrating unit and poker which was on hire, a £450 still-saw, a nine-inch grinder with a diamond blade worth £100, a 110-volt chip saw worth £130 and a TE76 drill and breaker worth £700.
Twenty litres of gas oil, Makita drills, a Milwaukee C impact driver, a hammer drill and a Bosch circular saw were also taken during the incident, which is said to have taken place overnight between yesterday and Wednesday.
Anyone with information can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.