Ute found burnt out af­ter theft at farm

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A NANNEELLA farmer has lost thou­sands of dol­lars in equip­ment and tools af­ter his ute was stolen and found burnt out.

Paul Geltch woke up at about 6.30am on Septem­ber 10 to find his 2015 Mazda BT-50 ute miss­ing from his Fletcher Rd farm.

‘‘Ini­tially I thought my part­ner had moved it but then re­alised it was stolen,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s a pretty hor­ri­ble feel­ing. I only bought it about three, four months ago and all my stuff was in it.’’

In­side the ute was about $2000 worth of drip ir­ri­ga­tion equip­ment, as well as power tools and his wal­let con­tain­ing his work and per­sonal credit cards.

‘‘They haven’t been used from what I can see,’’ Mr Geltch said.

He said his ve­hi­cle was un­locked and the keys were in­side.

‘‘Usu­ally I go in and out and if the ir­ri­ga­tion had stopped I would have gone out there,’’ he said.

‘‘I didn’t even hear any­thing and usu­ally I’m a pretty light sleeper.’’

Mr Geltch has re­ported the theft to Echuca po­lice who are in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

The ute was worth about $38,000.

Echuca Crim­i­nal In­ves­tiga­tive Unit is in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

If you have any in­for­ma­tion about the theft, con­tact Echuca CIU on 5483 1500.

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