Re: Tools stolen
What they said about insurance. I had my truck broke into while in Atlanta one weekend, and they stole my golf clubs. I can't remember if I filed it under homeowner's or auto insurance, but they paid off. I seem to think it was my homeowner's policy. I was lucky and still had receipts for value estimation. Hopefully, your brother still has receipts or paid by credit card -- he would be able to recreate value from credit card statements.
Best of luck to your brother.