IT only took 10 minutes for former Orange resident Nicholas Abraham’s life to be turned upside down.
Mr Abraham, an apprentice builder, was visiting family in Orange last Friday night when he left his car in the Sale Street car park while he said hello to his brother who works around the corner at Provista restaurant in Summer Street.
Despite only stopping for 10 minutes, Mr Abraham returned to his ute to find his toolboxes had been broken open and he’d lost $1800 worth of uninsured tools.
Mr Abraham said he saw a red Holden Commodore leave the car park at the same time but couldn’t be sure if its driver had anything to do with the theft.
“I ran after the ute yelling at him to stop but he didn’t,” he said.
“After being fairly enraged I called the police and they came and made the whole thing official.
“After that I took to Facebook and within minutes I was overwhelmed with the response of the Orange community sharing it around and trying to make more people aware.
“I got messages from numerous people saying how enraged they were and how the exact same thing had happened to them or their son, and one guy even told me that it was the sixth toolbox break in he’d heard of in the past two weeks.”
Mr Abraham said he’d since heard of a man who’d recently had $15000 worth of tools stolen.
Mr Abraham said he was devastated by the theft and because he’s only on an apprenticeship wage it will take months for him to replace the stolen items.
“The people who did this just don’t care and don’t have any regard for people that do actually work,” he said.
He wants people to know this wasn’t just a one-off incident.
“This is happening constantly within the community, and it’s getting worse,” he said.
Mr Abraham said he’d like to see more CCTV cameras installed within the Orange central business district in an effort to “try and make it harder for these lowlife crooks to steal”.