A HANDYMAN’S livelihood has been “stopped”, as more than €2,000 worth of equipment was stolen from his van on the Old Cork Road, early Monday morning.
Roy Horgan, father-of-three, who does maintenance work for the community, was ready to bring his children to school at 9am, Monday morning, when he discovered all of his work tools were stolen from his van.
A lawnmower, hedge strimmer, Dewalt drills, a new vacuum blower and “other bits and pieces” were taken from the man’s vehicle, summing up to around €2,000 worth of damage.
According to a garda source at Roxboro garda station, gardaí were notified at 4.30am of suspicious activity in the area. They added that they are investigating the matter.
“Heartbroken” Roy Horgan said a neighbour in the area phoned the gardaí at that time, notifying them that there were people leaving the area with equipment, which he believes to be his.
“I have a mortgage, utility bills, phone bills, gas bills electricity bills. We all have bills, but this is going to hit me big time. There’s a van to run, a car to run, there’s tax, insurance, I have work that I can’t do now. I have no equipment. There’s hundreds of euros being lost every day. I was meant to do work this week and now I can’t do that,” he said.
Mr Horgan said he couldn’t take his children to school that day, as the gardaí had to take fingerprints that evening, at around 5pm.
He added that he does a lot of maintenance work for the older people in the community, but can’t follow through this week’s agenda as he has no tools to work with.
Mr Horgan said he is currently fund-raising to help him get back to his work.