Wednesday, 30th December, 2020
By Emily Ferguson
Another car has been stolen and set alight in the city and the latest victim, Cohen Chapman, is upset and frustrated.
Chapman’s white Toyota Landcruiser Ute was stolen from Morish Street in South Broken Hill on the night of Saturday December 26, before it was found burnt out about 11.30pm on Nine Mile Road.
Police visited Chapman’s residence about 12.30am on December 27 to inform the owner of the vehicle of the situation.
“Well the car was out the front, we’d shut the gates after having a barbeque tea here, my son had had a few drinks and my son uses the car so he walked home with his wife.
He didn’t want to drive it because he’d been drinking and we shut the gates and went to bed and the police were knocking on the bedroom window at about half past twelve the next morning which is when we realised it was gone,” said Chapman.
Mid-morning on Sunday, December 27, Chapman’s son Cohen Gould shared a post on Facebook with photos of the burnt out car and a caption which read: “I’m offering a reward of $5000 for the name and conviction of the scum who stole my Toyota last night and burnt it out on the Nine Mile Road.”
The post has since been shared over 800 times and Chapman said he is grateful for the community support.
“I’d like to find the people who did it, there’s been one response but it was the wrong vehicle,” he said.
“We’re going to pass any leads onto the police, that’s all we can do.
“My son has worked all his life with a vehicle and worked hard ... what it was insured for is bugger all to what the vehicle is worth, we won’t replace the vehicle but the insurance money that they’re going to give us, we’re going to be out of pocket,” said Chapman.
“That was his main means of transport, he’s finding it hard now, he starts work tomorrow and doesn’t know how he’s going to get there,” he said.
“He lives out the South not far from me and he works over the North ... so it’s a fair way.
“I don’t understand why they need to take other people’s cars, if they had a joy ride in it and they dumped it, it would have been better than torching it because obviously it’s still stolen but we could have got it back and fixed it up.”
Broken Hill Police said they had increased patrols to help curb this issue and that there is a forensics team sent out to every single care fire to try and recover any evidence of who the perpetrator is.
This is an ongoing police investigation.