Bizarre moment crooks armed with bolt cutters and van steal a £15,000, 23ft CLIMBING WALL
- Man is seen cutting his way through the secure car park in Sittingbourne, Kent
- Paul Oxberry, 52, runs Creed Outdoor Learning and uses car park as storage use
- After releasing CCTV a driver shared their footage of the wall on A2 in Darenth
- White transit van seen towing the 23ft climbing wall which is worth £15,000
CCTV footage shows thieves using bolt cutters and a van to steal a 23ft climbing wall.
The crooks are seen cutting their way into a secure parking area at a go karting centre in Sittingbourne, Kent.
Paul Oxberry, from Faversham, who runs the not-for-profit Creed Outdoor Learning firm, was devastated to discover that the £15,000 wall had been stolen.
A man is seen making his way through secure car park in Sittingbourne, Kent (left). He lifts up the vehicle barrier before driving a white Ford transit van through (right)
A driver shared their footage of the same climbing wall making its way down the A2 in Darenth, Kent, 30 miles away from Sittingbourne
The 52-year-old released the footage in a bid to track down the culprits after the theft on January 11.
He wrote: ‘It was stolen yesterday afternoon from Bay meadow go kart track in Sittingbourne, Saturday afternoon just after lunch.
‘Last seen going towards the A249 round the back of Eurolink estate meta Kemsley Mill being towed by an older white van (transit size).’
The 23ft rock climbing wall, worth £15,000, is towed along by the white Ford transit van on the motorway
The video shows the thieves make their way into the car park, which Mr Oxberry uses as a storage facility.
A man steps out of a white Ford Transit and unlocks the entrance to the centre with what appears to be bolt cutters.
After pushing the gates open, he raises the vehicle barrier before getting into the van and driving through the entrance.
Footage then shows the white van making its way out of the car park with the climbing wall on the back of a trailer.
After Paul posted his video he was contacted by a driver who captured the wall being driven away 40 minutes after the theft.
The video shows the white van towing the climbing wall along the A2 in Darenth, Kent, 30 miles away from Sittingbourne.
Facebook users have expressed their best wishes for Paul in hoping that he will be reunited with the climbing wall and also wondering what anyone would want with a climbing wall.
Steph Watson said: ‘Paul…I am sorry to hear this and fingers crossed you get it back.’
Paul said: ‘I am totally gutted but the reaction of people wanting to help is amazing.
‘Thankfully, I have a list of 20+ things on the wall that make it unique to us and identifiable. So if we find it I can identify it.
‘Creed Outdoor Learning is a ‘not for profit’ company that works with young people, many of our school customers are from quite deprived areas of Kent.
‘I have been a youth worker and outdoor instructor for more than 20 years, whilst it is my company our main income is in the summer so sometimes in the winter I freelance or take on a part time job to pay the bills.
‘Here’s hoping we get it back in one piece.’
A spokeswoman for Kent Police today said: ‘Kent Police was called at 1.45pm on 12 January 2020 to reports of a rock climbing wall being stolen from Bonham Drive, Sittingbourne.
‘Initial lines of enquiry are underway and officers are appealing for anyone who may have seen the climbing wall being stolen or towed by a vehicle to contact Kent Police.’
Brand new climbing walls can cost between £50,000 to £60,000.