A spate of power tool thefts is being labelled as a "stolen to order" operation.
More than $12,500 worth of Husqvarna chainsaws was stolen from Norwood Farm Machinery Centre on Thursday morning.
The break-in came a week after a significant number of power tools were stolen from the Stihl Tool Shop in Molesworth St.
Another four burglaries targeting power tools had been reported to police since Christmas.
Andy Davis, parts manager at Norwood Farm Machinery Centre on Gill St, said he believed the shops were burgled for "stolen to order" equipment.
"They hit the Stihl shop last week and then they hit us," he said.
"Usually the people stealing them are not the ones using them. Chainsaws are easy to sell and they are easy to flick off."
Mr Davis said the thieves did not take the top of the line chainsaws in the store, instead they stole 13 less expensive farming chainsaws.
He believed the thieves selected the farming chainsaws because they were more likely to sell than high end pieces of equipment.
"They are easier to get rid of.
"They'll just be wanting a quick sale," he said.
Constable Julie Douglas, of New Plymouth, said members of the public should beware of buying a cheap chainsaw, as it could be stolen.
Investigations into the spate of burglaries would continue, she said.
Mr Davis said the chainsaws each had a serial number on the outside of the casing.
"But I would have a very slim hope of finding these.
"In fact, I'd be surprised if they were still in the region," he said.
Police are wanting to speak to anyone who has been offered cheap power tools or has information about the burglaries.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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