BRAZEN thieves broke into a Gatton machinery business and stole a truck and new tractor worth $250,000 in the early hours of last Wednesday morning.
After the initial break-in, the thieves then set about destroying CCTV cameras before loading a new Deutz tractor onto the business’ own Iveco tray-back truck and driving out of the yard on Crescent St about 2am.
Police are appealing for public assistance to identify a vehicle seen in the vicinity of the break and enter (pictured above).
The utility is described as having distinctive markings on both doors and the sides and rear of the alloy tray. The tray also has a rack front and rear.
The truck is described as an International Acco flat tray truck with an orange three tonne lift crane on the back and heavy aluminium loading ramps.
The tractor is described as an unregistered green Deutz Fahr Agrolux 60 tractor with a red slasher on the rear and a black hydraulic tip bucket.
Agricultural Requirements managing director Noel Baines said the thieves gained access to the yard by cutting a padlock on a rear gate.
“I believe it may be a professional hit. They knew what they were doing,” he said.
Gatton Police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Tom Missingham confirmed the break-in and said the Gatton CIB Branch was viewing CCTV footage of a distinctively marked utility seen in the area around 10pm before the theft occurred as well as CCTV footage taken on Crescent St.
Snr Sgt Missingham said the initial break-in occurred between 12.30am and 12.45am with the thieves then setting about loading the tractor onto the truck before driving out of the yard at 2am.
The Gatton CIB is investigating similar thefts of motorcycles and other machinery from other Gatton businesses in the last six weeks which may be linked to this incident.
Mr Baines said the company would be making modifications to security on the premises and is now forwarding a claim to insurers of the business.
Anyone with any information should contact Gatton Police on 5468 3266 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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