Thieves in firing line as businesses fight back
BUSINESSES in the Bohle industrial estate have banded together to help bring down an alleged car part black market.
After being hit hard by thieves, business owners joined forces by sharing security footage, patrolling the area and meeting to track down those hurting their businesses.
Rydweld co- owner Margie Ryder lost about $ 8000 worth of stock last Sunday, with a brand new Landcruiser stripped in their yard.
“They stole a whole bullbar … a heap of lights, lots of four- wheeldrive stuff,” Mrs Ryder said.
“It was targeted to a specific vehicle, they literally pulled a whole seat out of a Toyota, they went to extreme lengths.”
She said the business was fed up with “grubs” stealing from them.
“We decided to talk to the other businesses around us and we all realised it was the same person robbing all of us,” Mrs Ryder said.
“Everyone was just determined to get these grubs.”
Tyremax warehouse manager Chris Anderson said they were also hit last Sunday, losing about $ 2500 worth of stock and damage to the fence costing around $ 500.
“When we had a look on CCTV, it looks like they are walking around shopping at Woolies, they just didn’t care,” he said.
“It’s been a bit of a blessing though, we’ve got to know the other businesses around here and I think we will all be looking out for each other a bit more now.”
FED UP: Rydweld co- owner Margie Ryder is working together with others to track down some local thieves.