Thefts from parks and fire depots a concern for police

Michael Weaver 21 May 2020 1
A John Deere all-terrain vehicle

A John Deere ATV similar to the one police are looking for. Photo: Supplied.

An ongoing police investigation has failed to find those responsible for a series of equipment thefts from ACT Parks and Conservation, and Rural Fire Service depots over the past three months.

Thefts have also occurred at ACT and NSW rural properties.

The stolen items include two 2019 John Deere Gator all-terrain vehicles, a 2013 Polaris Ranger Diesel all-terrain vehicle and several power tools, pumps and a generator.

ACT Policing is now seeking the public’s assistance following the thefts that they say have been ongoing since March.

Properties where equipment was stolen from included rural farms, ACT Parks and Conservation depots and ACT Rural Fire Service depots and stations.

An ACT Policing spokesperson said that search warrants last week recovered some stolen property that will soon be returned to the owners.

However, a large number of stolen items remain outstanding and police believe they may be stored on properties or have already been sold at heavily discounted prices.

Police would like to speak to anyone with information about the thefts or current location of the items.

Polaris

A Polaris all-terrain vehicle. Photo: Supplied.

Other stolen items include power tools such as Hitachi brand demolition jacks, Wacker Newson brand Flex drive pumps, Wacker Newson brand 2-stroke Jumping Jacks, a Honda EU20i generator, and Stihl brand power tools including chainsaws, hedge trimmers and brush cutters.

Anyone who may have information about these thefts or the stolen items is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website quoting reference 6522152.


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Capital Retro Capital Retro 6:26 pm 21 May 20

As a ratepayer I am also concerned. Who is responsible for security at the ACT government depots where these goods are housed?

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