Spalding couple are devastated after thieves strike three times in four years
A Spalding couple say they feel targeted after their firm has been hit by thieves three times in the last four years.
Tony and Mandy Caley have been providing vital gardening and landscaping services for a decade but are facing problems after their truck was stolen on Saturday night.
The couple, who own T and M Gardening Services, believe that their converted Ford Transit truck had been pushed off the drive of their home in Pennygate and onto a trailer.
Over the last four years, the couple’s lock-up and barn had been raided and now this attack at their home address.
Mrs Caley said: “We don’t know why we are being targeted - it might be because we keep picking ourselves up and carrying on.
“Our livelihood has gone. We have equipment that we can’t use because we haven’t got a vehicle to tow it. We could replace the vehicle by selling some of the big equipment or do we just put our hands up and say you have won?”
The business was first raided in 2017 when £25,000 worth of equipment was stolen from their lock-up.
In September 2019, a trailer owned by the couple was stolen from their barn. None of the equipment was recovered.
The couple discovered that the their truck, which has aluminium sides to help with wood chipping, was missing from their drive at 7am on Sunday morning.
Mrs Caley said: “We didn’t hear anything overnight. The dogs didn’t bark neither did next door’s dogs.
“It must have been pushed onto a trailer and moved because if it had been started up our dogs would have barked.
“We had a phone call yesterday morning from a gentleman who found some of our belongings which were thrown out of the cab in Aslackby.
“Looks like they are going through the back roads to get towards the A1.
“We keep picking ourselves up but are we going to do it for a third time only to be targeted again. There is the financial impact but also the emotion and stress.”
Mr Caley wanted to move into gardening and set up T and M Gardening Services 10 years ago.
Six-years-ago he was joined in the business by Mrs Caley, who had shattered her ankle and found that lawn mowing helped with her recuperation.
Mrs Caley said: “I really enjoy the social side of meeting the customers.
“Some of our customers are elderly and they don’t see many people.”
Police are investigating the theft and are appealing for witnesses.
A spokesman said: “We would like to appeal to anyone who saw or heard any suspicious activity in these areas or anyone with information that could assist our investigation.
Please call 101 if you can help, quoting reference number 104 of 13 September.”