Put this right – re­turn this gen­tle­man’s car

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page -

In the 35 years that Hugh Pick­er­ing owned his beloved 1977 Mazda 323, he only man­aged to clock up 104,000 kilo­me­tres.

Mr Pick­er­ing’s car, which he bought brand new was his pride and joy and he only ever used it to drive to the ceme­tery to visit his late wife and to do his gro­cery shop­ping.

But in the early hours of the morn­ing on Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 16, some­one broke into Mr Pick­er­ing’s garage and stole it.

Mr Pick­er­ing’s neigh­bour Ken Smith said he saw him walking up his drive­way and knew some­thing was wrong.

‘‘ All he said was ‘some­one’s stolen my car’,’’ Mr Smith said.

Mr Smith said some­one may have no­ticed sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour and urged them to come for­ward.

‘‘ I think this was planned. Hugh al­ways feared that it may get stolen. He told me that when he used to take it out, peo­ple would drive past him and take pho­tos of it,’’ he said.

‘‘The only word I can use to de­scribe the peo­ple who took it is scum.’’

Sergeant Gra­ham McGurk from Mata­mata Po­lice said he firmly be­lieved that a per­son with prior knowl­edge of the car is re­spon­si­ble for the theft.

‘‘It could be that a rel­a­tive, a friend or some­one liv­ing nearby has un­wit­tingly passed on in­for­ma­tion about the car to the of­fender,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s highly un­likely that a ran- dom per­son pass­ing through town could have known about this ve­hi­cle. Some­one in Mata­mata will know who has taken it.’’

If you have any in­for­ma­tion about Mr Pick­er­ing’s car please call Mata­mata Po­lice on 888 7117 or the Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

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