Tuesday, 12th January, 2016
By Darrin Manuel
A Creedon Street resident’s new year has gotten off to a frustrating start after his car was stolen and torched over the weekend.
Businessman Ira Capper said his “1980’s model” Toyota Hilux was stolen in the early hours of Saturday morning and later destroyed by thieves, who left it charred behind the city’s rubbish tip.
“My wife got home and she thought I wasn’t home because my car wasn’t there,” he said.
“We went for a bit of a drive and couldn’t find it, but I wasn’t really worried because you just don’t think it could happen to you.”
Ira said he later got a call from someone who had noticed the charred car, and he and his wife Krystle went to investigate.
“We had a look and it was cooked. It had also been smashed up and the stereo was taken out.”
Although the ute was old, Mr Capper said it was still an inconvenience to see it pointlessly destroyed.
“It was just an old work ute that I use for renovating, it was probably only worth one or two hundred dollars, it has no real value except what I use it for.”
Several cars have been stolen, crashed, or burned in the city’s west in the last 12 months, and Barrier LAC crime manager Mick Stoltenberg said police would look into this case and continue to monitor the area.
“Police are always looking at different areas where crimes may be committed and also where property is disposed of,” he said.
“Any such location is tasked to police officers to keep an eye on and make patrols around.
“Having vehicles burnt out can be problematic for any investigation however this does not stop us continuing with our inquiries and pursuing those offenders who are responsible.”