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Bushwalker spots stolen car in regeneration area

Tuesday, 18th February, 2020

Lawrence Engineering lifts Diana Ferry’s stolen car out of the regeneration area yesterday. PICTURE: Diana Ferry Lawrence Engineering lifts Diana Ferry’s stolen car out of the regeneration area yesterday. PICTURE: Diana Ferry

By Myles Burt

A bushwalker has managed to make one local very happy after finding her stolen car in the regeneration area. 

Local Diana Ferry had her 2000-year model blue Daihatsu Sirion sedan with a large Barwon MP Roy Butler sticker on the side stolen from her garage in the early hours of Sunday morning, February 9. 

Ms Ferry was notified that her car was found on the weekend after 17-year-old Isaac Gageler noticed the car on one of his usual bushwalks in the regeneration area. 

He recognised the car from a Facebook post after a family friend shared Ms Ferry’s post about it. 

Ms Ferry said Isaac saw the bright blue car in the distance and decided to investigate. 

After poking his head through the window, seeing the large Roy Butler sticker on the side, Ms Ferry said Isaac took photos to confirm with his mum that it was Ms Ferry’s stolen car. 

Ms Ferry said Isaac then contacted the police where he made a statement and eventually guided Ms Ferry and local police to the location of the stolen vehicle. 

She said the thief drove the car through a fence into the regeneration area near Willyama High School, bush bashing the car through rugged terrain until it finally got bogged.

“It’s just unbelievable it got in as far as it did, but it’s a good sturdy little car,” Ms Ferry said.

Yesterday, Ms Ferry arranged Lawrence Engineering to drag out the car with a bobcat and the crane lifted it onto a truck. She said retrieval was quickly completed in two hours. 

“Now we’re just waiting for the police to go back and forensically examine the car and just see what they can find from it,” Ms Ferry said.

“I’m going to see if it’s salvageable, I don’t know if it is, but I really hope that it is because I just absolutely love that car - it goes like the clappers.” 

Ms Ferry is thankful for the Roy Butler sticker which made her car incredibly obvious, with multiple locals reporting about spotting the stolen car whilst it was missing. 

“Could not have stolen a worse car really,” Ms Ferry said.

“They might as well have stolen a police car frankly, it’s so visible.

“People saw it and it’s been captured on CCTV all over the place, easily recognisable.”

The theft of Ms Ferry’s car is still under ongoing police investigation.

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