Mo­tocross club hit by thieves

McIvor Times - - NEWS -

A GROUP of com­mit­ted lo­cals was gut­ted to find their stor­age sheds had been ran­sacked.

Last Wed­nes­day a com­mit­tee mem­ber ar­rived to ut­ter de­struc­tion at the Toolleen Mo­tocross track where a bob­cat had been stolen and their prop­erty dam­aged.

The brazen thieves are said to have driven a truck through a neigh­bour­ing prop­erty.

The bob­cat was stored in a ship­ping con­tainer and com­mit­tee mem­ber Mick Hendy said the thieves must have known what they were look­ing for.

“It’s a bit odd what they’ve taken and what they’ve left, there are a lot of things which are just dam­aged,” he said.

“The ship­ping con­tainer is a dif­fi­cult thing to get into. It was locked up and the trac­tor parked in front of the door.

“They broke into the trac­tor and ru­ined the ig­ni­tion be­fore they got a chain and pulled the con­tainer door open, they broke the lock and the welds off that.

“They ei­ther knew what they were do­ing or had time to get the trac­tor go­ing be­cause there’s a fairly spe­cific way to start it.”

Mick said the com­mit­tee was in dis­be­lief they were the tar­gets.

“It’s hap­pened at a re­ally bad time be­cause we’re try­ing to get the track signed off so we can start to have races on it, we’re a new com­mit­tee so to come out and find this, it’s pretty ter­ri­ble,” he said.

There was dam­age to the can­teen win­dows and metal guards, how­ever Mick said there was noth­ing ma­jor miss­ing.

“It’s just dam­aged. When we ar­rived the serv­ing win­dow was left wide open and there was a boot print on the seat in front of it — the police have dusted for prints,” he said.

The gen­er­a­tor shed had the front ripped off, even though the door wasn’t locked, and there were signs of some­one rum­mag­ing through the fuse box, Mick said.

But, in a true sense of com­mu­nity spirit, there were peo­ple of­fer­ing to lend a hand.

The com­mit­tee was plan­ning a work­ing bee for last week­end and it was still able to go ahead thanks to Bendigo Hire, Delecca’s Bob­cat of Bendigo and Blue Shovel Earth­mov­ing, who pro­vided earth­mov­ing equip­ment and their time.

“It’s amaz­ing to have peo­ple donate those to us for the day,” Mick said. The com­mit­tee has some big plans track-wise. “It was a bit of a high in­ci­dent zone in the mid­dle so we’ve been work­ing on fix­ing that and hope­fully we can bring the track back to its for­mer glory,” Mick said.

“We’re look­ing for peo­ple to come along and join us as vol­un­teers and even just come out and watch on a race day.”

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