Linda Lewis Kitchens (LLK) has been dealt a blow in the run-up to Christmas after thieves broke into one of its vans and stole equipment while it was parked at a supermarket in broad daylight.
Commercial director, Jenna Lewis, told Catering Insight it had lost around £2,000 worth of tools in the incident – including vital items used for gas safety inspections – and estimated that repairing the damage caused to the vehicle would cost a similar amount.
Just as critically, it has left the business with one less engineer on the road at a time when many customers need it for urgent work.
The break-in happened during the middle of the morning last week when one of its engineers popped into a branch of Tesco in Chadderton, Oldham, to buy his lunch.
When he returned, the van had been broken into and much of the equipment stolen.
It is thought that the thieves tied a rope to the rear door to force it open, as well as breaking a window.
Frustratingly for LLK, which specialises in the import of Italian manufactured catering equipment, it has not been able to obtain any CCTV footage of the crime as all the cameras point towards the store rather than the car park.
Ms Lewis said the incident was particularly upsetting for it as a small business and added that it feels the supermarket needs to be more concerned about the safety of its customers.