A man from north London has been devastated after a campervan he spent nearly two years and spent thousands of pounds on renovating, with the aim of reselling it, was stolen outside his house over the weekend.
Max Bolland, 39, has a catering business, but when work dried out during the pandemic, he took out a Bounce Back loan and bought the campervan as a business project.
The white Peugeot Boxer LWB camper came completely bare and Max worked on it through the many shutdowns as he was unable to work on his daily work.
“I had not spared any cost,” he told MyLondon.
“A lot of love and planning went into that van.”
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He and a carpenter, Josh, had equipped it with a gas stove, a state-of-the-art toilet, a shower, good battery storage, a skylight, a solar panel and more, and the work cost about £ 34,000.
It was all almost done and Max was hoping to sell the van for £ 44,000 when it was stolen over the weekend outside his house in Wood Green.
Max reported the theft to police, but unfortunately there are no CCTV footage to see who could have done it.
“When I worked a lot on it, my focus was on keeping it safe,” he said.
“It was almost done and things started to open up again, so I went back to doing catering, and by doing so I stopped worrying so much about it being stolen.”
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Max had been working on the van on Friday (January 7) and left his purse inside.
Realizing that the van was gone, he decided not to cancel one of the cards and saw a transaction in a mini market down the road, suggesting that the stolen van might be somewhere local.
Max had spent more than he had taken out with the loan, but had expected to earn the money back when he sold the van.
Now he faces repaying the loan without the product he had worked so hard on.
The number plate for the van is NU17 OGX.
MyLondon has contacted police for a comment.
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