Club robbed of equipment
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 they had lost almost $5000 of machinery and tools from the break-in.
“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 racing 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 the upcoming Plus Fitness Great Southern Slam.
“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 have been into the crime scene and are in the middle of investigating the break-in.
Ms Morrell said most of the stolen items were materials donated by various members of the club over the years.
“We cancelled the race because of the weather but now that this happened, we probably wouldn’t be able to do it because we got no fuel and most of the stuff we used for the race is gone,” she said.
After hearing the news, a prominent member of the club, Stewart Cumming, has offered to supply and repair some electrical items that were stolen or damaged during the incident.
The club appreciates all the help its members have given them over the years and looks forward to holding the WA State title race in the coming year.
Vice-president Jason Curtis his sons Blake and Jai, both junior members, with committee member Gareth Keeling and his son Edward, and life member Neil Morrell.
Great Southern police investigating the break-in.