LAX security has been blamed by a man who had more than £3,000 of vintage car parts stolen from a rented garage.
The block of garages on Browns Lane, Handbridge, was struck by thieves during the night on Monday last week.
A priceless red pedal car that River Lane resident Roy Tighe built for his now grown-up children was among the items stolen.
Parts for a 1953 Hillman Minx car were taken including the engine, bonnet, boot lid, front doors, front wings and other parts. In total, Mr Tighe says they were worth £2,050.
Mr Tighe had planned to restore the car, bought by his father when the family emigrated to America in the 1950s and shipped to Chester when they returned.
He is trying to secure planning permission to build a garage next to his home which was to have housed the vehicle.
“The only way we can put this back together is by buying a complete car,” said Mr Tighe. “The locks were yanked off half a dozen garages. We’ve been broken into three times in the past three years.”
He pays the Eaton Estate about £7 a week to rent the garage.
Mr Tighe added: “Last year, Eaton Estate put three cameras in but they were taken as well. They should do something more to improve security. The locks were too easy to break off.”
Two Second World War army outboard motors and a 1936 Seagull outboard motor, together valued at £750, and the alloy wheels of an MG Metro, worth £150, were also pilfered during the heist.
Mr Tighe believes the thieves must have taken at least half an hour to pilfer much of the contents of his garage alone.