Farmer’s ute stolen in scene similar to Hollywood film
A QUIET morning grazing cattle quickly turned into a dangerous car chase with an armed man for two South Burnett farmers this week.
Rick Greenup alleges his 2006 grey Toyota LandCruiser was stolen from his property at Ironpot, near Kumbia in Queensland, on Monday morning.
Workers had taken his ute out to mend fences, while he worked in another area of the property.
“I saw my ute go past at a high speed and I decided to follow them,” Mr Greenup said.
“There was another white Prado with New South Wales plates, following my ute down through Burrandowan Road.”
Matt Allan was grazing cattle on the side of the road when he saw Mr Greenup’s LandCruiser fly past.
Mr Greenup stopped to ask Mr Allan if he had seen his ute, before speeding off to continue the chase.
“I caught up to them again, and before I hit the Wandai-Durong Road, the Prado flipped in front of me and rolled on the gravel,” he said.
“Next thing old mate has spun the ute around and come back towards me.
“He’s tried to run over me and I’ve had to jump out of the way, onto my side step.
“Matt Allan came to my rescue, he knew something was up.”
Mr Allan said he couldn’t leave Mr Greenup on his own.
“I turned up and the girl in the white car had rolled it, so I pulled up to see if she was alright,” he said.
“And old mate in the LandCruiser came back towards me.
“I had a lady with a couple of kids watching the cattle, so I followed him to make sure he wasn’t heading back towards them.
“He was heading back their way and I came up behind him a bit, I tooted the horn a few times and he poked a rifle out the window towards me.
“He pulled up and I told the lady to get out of there.”
Mr Allan alleges once he had warned the lady with the cattle, he turned back towards Mr Greenup, and the LandCruiser followed him.
“He started ramming my ute from behind. I could see him coming really quick in the rear-view mirror and my ute is slowing down going up the hill,” Mr Allan said.
“I was doing about 70km/h and he would have been doing about 130km/h. He catapulted me forward that time.
“Then he had a go on the passenger side on the tray and tried to roll me.
“Then he tried to ram me again and went back to get a run up and I slammed on my brakes to throw him off guard.
“He swerved to miss me and hit me in the tray and shot me off into the timber.”
Mr Allan said he felt very lucky to escape with a few bruises.
“I saw him pull up, so I went and hid, because he had a rifle and I had a Biro. It wasn’t a fair fight,” he said.
“The fellow that pinched the car went back in Rick’s direction to get his girlfriend back.
“The lady who was minding the cattle came back to find me to make sure I was alright.”
Mr Allan said he never would have thought his day would end up with him in a life threatening situation.
“I was on my last day of minding cattle on the road, I was about to have a cup tea actually,” he said.
“I didn’t think I was going to get out of it at one point.
“But you have to have your neighbour’s back, everyone would do the same for each other, we have a really good community.
“I’d do it again.”
Mr Greenup said his LandCruiser, licence plate 189-JHY, was last spotted at Ban Ban Springs and was tracked heading towards Bundaberg.
Mr Greenup wasn’t worried about the event and said he just wants his ute back so he can get on with his job.
“We’re just in the bush and got cattle to attend to, we just
want to get on with the job,” he said.
“That big storm last week came through all our country and knocked out a heap of our fences.
“So we’ve got some work to do.”
At time of printing the ute had not been found. Anyone who spots the vehicle is urged to immediately contact Triple Zero (000) and to not approach the vehicle or the occupants.
Police believe the driver is a 30-year-old man described as caucasian, about 195cm tall with a solid build and brown hair.
Police believe his passenger is an 18-year-old woman is described as caucasian, about 160cm tall with a proportionate build and brown hair.
If you have information, phone Policelink on 13 14 44.
Matt Allan’s ute after he was rammed off the road into a tree.
STOLEN: 2006 grey Toyota LandCruiser similar to the one pictured was stolen from an address in Ironpot this week.