A Cheswick Village man is heartbroken after the theft of a “treasured” tool bag which belonged to his late twin brother.
Aysa had been using Ashan’s old tool bag at work as a way to feel close to his brother – but it was stolen when his van’s windows were smashed over the night of June 15.
The trainee plumber, 26, said: “The bag made me feel like me and Ashan were going to work together, which might sound weird, but it did.
“That’s the only thing I thought I was going to have forever.”
Around £800 worth of tools were stolen along with the yellow and black Stanley Fatmax bag, when Aysa’s white Fiat Fiorino van was targeted in the Danby Street car park near his mum’s home.
CCTV footage appears to show a black Mercedes being driven in the Danby Street area at around 4.30am on June 16.
The camera captured two hooded figures walking towards the car park minutes after the Mercedes moved out of the camera’s range.
Aysa believes the pair are likely to have been been dropped off by the Mercedes and involved in the van break-in.
He told Bristol Live: “The back windows of the van were smashed. Because the windows had been clear glass anyway, I didn’t even notice until I’d driven to work the next morning.
“I got my key out to unlock the back door and my heart stopped. I didn’t know what to do.
“I panicked and I thought ‘no, no, no’. I remember just walking away in shock. I got quite upset.”
Aysa had been building up his array of drills and plumbing tools for two years before they were stolen. Some had belonged to Ashan, who had run a maintenance company.
Aysa’s employer has offered to replace all the tools, but the bag has a greater sentimental value.
“Ashan had been really proud of having that bag,” Aysa said. “It made him feel like a proper tradesman.
“It’s one of the things I really treasured. I’d always hoped Ashan and I would end up working together and being side by side.”
Aysa has posted a Facebook appeal: “I honestly would pay 10 times the amount of the asking price for the bag. I don’t want any trouble about it. I just really want it back.
“If someone offers to sell a bag like this, just take a picture of it and I’ll know straight away. I will honestly pay for it, there’s no price too much.”
Aysa says police have told him there is not enough evidence to investigate, but Avon and Somerset Constabulary told Bristol Live it is asking people with information to come forward.
A force spokesman said: “We received a report on Wednesday, June 17, of tools being stolen from a van in Danby Street, in Cheswick Village.
“It is believed the incident occurred at some point between 11pm on Monday, June 15, and 6.30am the following morning.
“Enquiries, including reviewing CCTV footage, have been carried out to try to identify the offender(s).”
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Ashan was diagnosed with incurable stage-four brain cancer at Southmead Hospital on August 17, after suffering a headache for just two days.
Before then Ashan, who grew up in Eastville, could not recall ever having been ill in his entire life.
His family raised more than £6,000 for experimental treatments but Ashan lost his cancer battle on December 17.
Aysa said at the time: “Tonight was the last night I said good night to my twin brother… the most painful day I will ever go through.
“He fought so hard for the past week but unfortunately he lost his battle with cancer. He left peaceful and in our mother’s arms.”
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Images of the stolen tool types can be seen here. For crime prevention advice around protecting valuable items, visit www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/crime-prevention-advice/
Anyone with information about the break-in, or saw people acting suspiciously in the area, is asked to report it online or call 101 and give reference number 5220132223.