Thieves in fir­ing line as busi­nesses fight back

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHRIS MCMA­HON

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.”

Pic­ture: SHAE BE­PLATE

FED UP: Ry­d­weld co- owner Margie Ry­der is work­ing to­gether with oth­ers to track down some lo­cal thieves.

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