Kart club hit by thieves

Albany Extra - - News | Extra -

A re­cent break-in has left the Great South­ern Kart Club in Wa­gin with barely any­thing left in their shed.

Club sec­re­tary Nicky Mor­rell said the club had lost al­most $5000 worth of ma­chin­ery and tools.

“They re­ally cleaned us out — any­thing that wasn’t bolted down was re­moved,” she said.

The cul­prits have man­aged to take all the diesel stored in the shed, var­i­ous equip­ment and ma­chin­ery used for races, in­clud­ing some lights, and a quad bike.

They have also ran­sacked a grader and loader ma­chine that was lent to the club by a mem­ber to pre­pare the track for a race.

“Glen Ward is an avid mem­ber of the club, he lends his ma­chin­ery to pre­pare for the up­com­ing race,” Ms Mor­rell said.

“The cul­prits man­aged to steal two ra­dios, two bat­ter­ies, and a fire ex­tin­guisher out of his loader and grader — and they also yanked some of the wires out of the roof and si­phoned all the fuel out of the ma­chine.”

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the break-in.

Ms Mor­rell said most of the items stolen were ma­te­ri­als do­nated by var­i­ous mem­bers of the club over the years.

“We can­celled the race (Plus Fit­ness Great South­ern Slam) be­cause of the weather but now that this hap­pened, we prob­a­bly wouldn’t be able to do it be­cause we’ve got no fuel and most of the stuff we used for the race is gone,” Ms Mor­rell said.

Af­ter hear­ing the un­for­tu­nate news, a prom­i­nent mem­ber of the club, Stewart Cum­ming, of­fered to sup­ply and re­pair some elec­tri­cal items that were stolen or dam­aged dur­ing the in­ci­dent.

The Great South­ern Club said it ap­pre­ci­ated all the help their mem­bers had given over the years and looked for­ward to hold­ing the WA State ti­tle race in the com­ing year.

Pic­ture: Nicky Mor­rell

Jason Cur­tis (vice-pres­i­dent) his sons Blake and Jai (ju­nior mem­bers of the club), Gareth Keel­ing and his son Ed­ward, and Neil Mor­rell (com­mit­tee mem­ber and life mem­ber).

Great South­ern Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the break-in.

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