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Gutless thieves are caught on camera ripping a tradie's truck in half to steal his trailer - and $50,000 worth of tools

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 15/02/2019 Lauren Ferri

A tradie has been left devastated after gutless thieves ripped apart his truck to steal his trailer, along with more than $50,000 worth of tools.

a group of people posing for the camera: Nick Esplin (pictured right) was working at a construction site in Ashgrove in Brisbane's inner west in the early hours of February 5 when the thieves ripped his truck in half © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Nick Esplin (pictured right) was working at a construction site in Ashgrove in Brisbane's inner west in the early hours of February 5 when the thieves ripped his truck in half Nick Esplin was working at a construction site in Ashgrove in Brisbane's inner west in the early hours of February 5 when his truck was ripped in half.

At the time of the theft, the construction site was locked with the truck parked in front of the trailer to block it.

a truck driving down a street: A tradie has been left devastated after gutless thieves ripped apart his truck to steal his trailer (pictured), containing more than $50,000 worth of tools © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A tradie has been left devastated after gutless thieves ripped apart his truck to steal his trailer (pictured), containing more than $50,000 worth of tools

According to the Courier Mail, it had taken eight years for Mr Esplin to collect all the tools, many of which he was able to get after completing big jobs.

Queensland Police released images of the trailer and a white Nissan Navarra D22 they believe could be linked to the theft. 

The thieves were able to hook the trailer up to their truck and hit Mr Esplin's truck as it drove off. 

'That's my everyday vehicle. I have another car, but I had to get the truck towed to the mechanic,' the tradie said.

'It's been devastating for me mentally. I couldn't come into work for four days.' 

Some people on social media falsely accused Mr Esplin of organising the truck to be stolen as an 'insurance job'. 

'I don't care about the insurance, it won't cover half of what I've lost, not to mention the sentimental value of losing tools I've had since I first started work,' Mr Esplin said. 

a group of people in front of a building: At the time of the theft, the construction site was locked with the truck parked in front of the trailer to block it © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited At the time of the theft, the construction site was locked with the truck parked in front of the trailer to block it

Hundreds of people have since taken to social media in support of Mr Esplin, who couldn't work for four days due to stress. 

'That is bl**dy terrible. Surely someone knows something? Hopefully not an inside job, must have been watching you,' one user wrote. 

'Nothing worse on the theft line of things than stealing a mans livelihood,' another person said.

a close up of a keyboard: Queensland Police released images of the trailer and a white Nissan Navarra D22 (pictured) they believe could be linked to the theft © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Queensland Police released images of the trailer and a white Nissan Navarra D22 (pictured) they believe could be linked to the theft Many on social media empathised with the young tradesman and shared their stories, bringing to light on the widespread targetting of expensive tools.

'This happened to my dad. It's devastating. Wouldn't wish it on anyone,' one woman wrote.

'Had our site broken into this week. Luckily we take most of our tools home each day,' another man commented.

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