Catering equipment is a much used commodity in the UK and many other countries. It is vital for the production of food and drink and many organisations would grind to a halt without it.Recently, a number of items of kitchen equipment were stolen in a burglary in the south-west of England. According to reports in the Express & Echo, thieves made off with a range of goods that were being stored in a barn.
Owner of the barn Thomas Klampfer lost two speedboats, a washing machine, ovens, a cooker hood and alloy wheels, among other things. The total value of the property taken is believed to be around £8,000.Responding to the criminal event, Mr Klampfer said he was “shocked and saddened” and now felt it is impossible to leave items in this piece of property.
He added: “We first noticed something was wrong when I arranged to meet my wife at the barn and she phoned me up to say the gates were open. When I got there, I couldn’t see my boats and knew something was up.”The barn has been in the family for about 12 years and we’ve always used it for storage. The two boats were very valuable and we’ve had them quite a while. We used them regularly and looked after them.
“Some of the catering equipment belonged to my brother Nicolas. We think some of the items have been stolen so they can be sold for scrap.”Mr Klampfer uses kitchen equipment himself as he works in the catering industry. He went on to say that the raid was “upsetting” and the family have been saddened by it.Police have asked anyone who believes they have information connected to the burglary, which took place close to the village of Aylesbeare near to Exeter in Devon, to come forward.