Rural Thefts Anger Victims; Well-Organised Property Raid Includes Heavy Machinery

The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia), February 18, 2011 | Go to article overview

Rural Thefts Anger Victims; Well-Organised Property Raid Includes Heavy Machinery


Byline: Andrew korner andrew.korner@qt.com.au

AN Ipswich man's retirement dreams have been tarnished by the brazen yet seemingly well-organised theft of $15,000 worth of property from his country house.

Larry Reid said he discovered the theft of two generators, solar panels, batteries, a pressure cleaner and power tools after returning to check on the property near Boonah in January.

He has since discovered that he wasn't the only one to fall victim, with police investigating a series of similar thefts on rural properties in the Scenic Rim and Brisbane Valley areas.

C[pounds sterling]My wife and I don't feel safe moving out there now Co not now that this has happened,C[yen] Mr Reid said.

C[pounds sterling]You can't build there because once you leave anything behind these crooks will clean you out.C[yen]

Mr Reid said he had since spoken to neighbours who had also lost machinery to theft.

It was thought an organised group of thieves was responsible, however, police have so far charged only one person and Mr Reid's case remains unsolved.

The thieves must have been using some heavy machinery of their own, as one of the diesel generators stolen from the Reid's property weighed 400kg.

Ipswich Criminal Investigation Branch's Detective Senior Sergeant Mick Trezise said one man had been charged with being involved in eight of the break-and-enter offences.

When police arrived at the accused man's house, he was allegedly keeping property which had been stolen from several rural properties. …

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