Plumber's tools stolen during Sunday morning football match
A SELF-EMPLOYED plumber had almost £1,000 of tools stolen from his van while he played football.
Damien Fulep had parked his van in St Mark's Road while he played for the Golden Pheasant in their 3-2 win at the Racecourse in Derby on Sunday morning.
After the match, the father-of-one drove to his home in Chellaston, unaware there had been a break-in.
The following morning, the 28-year-old went to his vehicle, which was parked outside his home in Alonso Close, and noticed the handle of the side door had been broken.
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When he opened up the van, he realised a power saw, two electric drills, two electric screwdrivers and some copper piping had been stolen.
Mr Fulep said: "I cannot be sure 100% that the break-in happened while I was playing football, but I'm pretty sure the break-in wouldn't have happened outside where I live because it is reasonably quiet there by comparison, so my feeling is that the thieves struck while I was on the football pitch.
"I had built up that collection of tools I need for my job over a number of years and the annoying thing is that someone has felt the need to break into my property and take something that doesn't belong to them.
"I need tools to work. I cannot stop doing my job just because I haven't got them any more.
"So now, I'll have to start buying new tools over a period of time and build the collection back up."
Mr Fulep has been a self-employed plumbing and heating engineer for a year and gets a lot of his work as sub-contractor for British Gas.
He lives with his partner, Laura Belcher, also 28, and their seven-month-old son, Tobias.
He said: "The door handle at the side of the van looks as though it has been forced open by whoever broke in to take the tools. And, although I am covered for insurance, I'm not sure whether it will be worth claiming, as it will mean my premiums will go up. I'm probably just going to have to take the hit on this."
Derbyshire police said its officers were investigating the theft.
They said that the missing tools were a Makita screwdriver, a Dewalt screwdriver, a Bosch cordless drill a Makita power saw, a Bosch electric drill and a large bag of copper piping.
A force spokesman said: "We would ask anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area at the time to contact us."
Anyone with information about the theft should call the police on 101.