A Canberra firm is offering a $1000 reward for the safe return of a promotional tiny house stolen on Sunday night from outside its Mitchell office in Kemble Court.
Co-owner of Smartdeck Jules Bray said the house, which was going to be the focus of the business’s display at the upcoming Canberra Home and Leisure Show in October, was stolen at 8.15pm. A silver Falcon was caught on CCTV by a couple of nearby businesses.
Smartdeck began in 2002 as a deck building business, expanded to importing and distributing thermally modified wood and is now planning to also build tiny houses for placement in back yards or on properties.
Ms Bray said the house had been secured to a trailer which had been clamped.
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The thieves dragged the trailer down the street before breaking the clamp and driving off with the trailer in tow.
“Somebody saw it last night being stolen and called the police, who drove around looking for it but didn’t find it,” Ms Bray said.
Ms Bray said the unfinished house was worth about $20,000, with a finished product to go on the market at $30,000.
She said it was in the latest and most serious in a spate of robberies to hit the business, including drills stolen off the back of utes and a large extension ladder taken from the site.
Smartdeck plan to start manufacturing the tiny houses – which have a range of uses from studios to teenage and tourist accommodation – at the end of the year.
Ms Bray said the police were “keeping an eye out” for the house.
The reward also covers information leading to the prosecution of the thieves. Anybody with information about the tiny house can contact Ms Bray on 0423 568 086.