Put this right – return this gentleman’s car
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.