MINDLESS thieves have stolen tools used for an adventure playground for the third time in 18 months.
Thieves forced open a metal shipping container located on playing fields near Rhydwen Close in Rhyl sometime between midnight and 3.20pm last Wednesday, stealing a black and red coloured lawn mower, an orange and silver coloured petrol strimmer, paint and other tools.
The spate of thefts has cost the Rhyl Adventure Playground Association more than £1000.
Will Morecombe, manager of the Rhyl Adventure Playground Association, said: “We have tried to make this area more secure but unfortunately these break-ins keep happening.
“It costs us around £300 to £400 a time to replace the tools. We’ve spent over a £1000 now. Probably the most frustrating thing is that the tools are used to maintain a playground and elderly people’s gardens.
“These people don’t trash the place, they just take the tools. We have lads that use the tools for work placements and of course, without a lawnmower, they struggle.”
Mr Morecombe stressed that they were desperate to find the individuals responsible for thefts.
He said: “This incident may not be main news, but it is just ridiculous that these things get stolen time and time again and then these people go on to sell these items below market value. I just want people to be aware that if someone tries to sell them something, just take a moment to think where these people might have got it from.”
A North Wales Police spokesman said: “The area is busy and it is possible that someone saw the offender(s) take the items or has information in connection with the offence.”
Police are keen to hear from anyone with information, including anyone who may have been offered such items for sale.
Contact members of the Investigation Support Team on 101 quoting reference number RC13129025 or alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.