Thieves who stole equipment worth more than £6,000 from a tree specialists near Carnforth could have put the public at risk, its owner has said.
Recent high winds have made it a busy time for Bergen Tree Services, at Holme, which carries out work across North Lancashire and South Cumbria.
Owner Andrew Hancock said that had his staff not been able to continue working, the crime could have put people at risk.
Thieves forced entry to the business, based at Lindeth, City o Pinch in the village, cut through metal security bars and stole 11 chainsaws and two hedge cutters.
Mr Hancock said: “It’s had a massive effect on my ability to do my job. I have got lads out working and managing to satisfy our contractual obligations and keep the public safe from trees.
“It could have sunk a smaller or less well-established business that doesn’t have that level of support we do, so we are fortunate in that respect.
“It’s caused me a good two days of messing about with the insurance but they have been absolutely outstanding.
“The police have been superb, I couldn’t have asked for anything more.”
The items taken in the December 19 raid included three Stihl and eight Husquarna type chainsaws and two Stihl hedge cutters, worth more than £6,000 in total.
Police said they were investigating “a number” of chainsaw thefts from businesses in the Carnforth area and want to hear from anyone offered a chainsaw for sale. Call 101.