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Thieves use blowtorch to break into Vancouver business owner's van

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Surveillance image of Vancouver van prowler. Surveillance image of Vancouver van prowler.
Surveillance image of Vancouver van prowler. Surveillance image of Vancouver van prowler.
VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

Vancouver police are searching for the suspects who used a blowtorch to break into a work van and steal about $1,500 worth of tools and equipment.

Kevin Thompson said he noticed the back doors of his van were open Wednesday morning.

At first he thought he left them open himself the night before. Then he got closer. 

 "I could see the burn mark and it just boom, clicked. I got hit, again” Thompson said. 

Thieves used a blowtorch to melt the plastic around the lock and then jimmied it open.

It’s the second setback to Thompson and his electrical contracting business, Positive Energy, in just over two months. In May, Thompson said thieves got away with his work van and it was never recovered.

“This is the replacement for the one that was stolen,” Thompson said of his new van. "And then we catch a guy breaking into this one.”

Thompson said after his van was stolen he put four cameras up around his home. 

“As soon as he came up between the fence and the van we had him - a clear shot,” Thompson said. 

Vancouver police said it’s the fourth recent case of vehicle break-ins involving a blowtorch. It's not yet clear if the cases are connected. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Vancouver police. 

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