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CAUGHT ON CAMERA: HVAC technician's tools stolen

Posted at 7:12 PM, Nov 01, 2016

A Las Vegas dad is struggling after the tools he needs for work were stolen.

Jeffery Longoria is an HVAC technician, but after his tools were stolen over the weekend, there are not many jobs he can take.

"It makes me feel really angry, but I gotta keep my composure for my family, I gotta keep my composure for my work ethics," said Longoria.

On Saturday morning, Longoria's surveillance cameras captured someone stealing stuff out of his work van near Vegas and Durango drives. The video shows them drive up, look at his truck and leave. Then, about 15 minutes later, between 6 and 7 in the morning, they come back and break into the van.

"I'm a good-hearted person, but there's people that just want to come by and take the things that I've worked hard for," he said.

Longoria said they took about $6,000 of tools -- $4,000 of which are his personal tools.

"I strive to keep the best kind of equipment," Longoria said. "Right now I gathered up some extra tools and I'm getting ready to run calls."

He said he can't do the complex jobs, so he's stuck doing jobs that don't pay as well while trying to take care of his family and earn enough money to replace what was stolen.

"I hope they find it in their hearts to somehow get the equipment back to me," Longoria said. "You just took my whole means of making money away from me."

He filed a report with Las Vegas police, and started a GoFundMe, in hopes he can raise more money to start rebuilding put his tool box.