OPENING day at a Sutton tyre firm came to a screeching halt after thieves stole specially-made advertising boards.
Business partners Richard Gee (23) and Adam Roberts, also 23, had spent countless hours preparing for the launch of their business, Ashfield Tyres, at the Maun Valley Industrial Estate on Monday.
But to their shock, they found someone had made off with two 5ft tall black and yellow metal display boards which had been erected just days earlier.
Said Mr Roberts: “I had the boards made specifically because I wanted them to be a proper job. They were about £100 each - not cheap.
“It was annoying because you want everything right on the first day. We don’t know what anyone would want with them.”
Adam’s mum Mandy said she was upset for her son who had funded his share of the business with cash he inherited when his dad, Paul, died suddenly.
She said: “He has put all of his money into it, and we all want the business to be a big success.
“You just can’t imagine what anyone would want with them. I don’t think they have been taken for scrap because other businesses have got boards up in the same spot.
“Someone has had to dig the boards out of the ground so it wasn’t like they just ran off with them. I just hope they are not being targeted.”
Adam said he was keen to make a success of the business despite the callous theft.
“It is my dad’s money and I wanted to do something useful with the money and not just blow it all on a flash car or nights out.”
The business opened as planned on Monday.
A police spokesman confirmed they had received reports of the theft of the 5ft x 2ft signs which is thought to have happened between around 2pm on Saturday afternoon and 8am Monday morning.
Anyone with information or who witnessed the incident can contact Nottinghamshire Police on 0300 3009999 and quote incident reference: AA/028193/11.