‘With­out my tools, I can’t do my job’

Me­chanic ap­peals for help to find thieves

Campaspe News - - NEWS - By KIM­BER­LEY PRICE

HAY­DEN Hock­ing has had his pride and joy stolen.

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing af­ter his ute, con­tain­ing al­most $17,000 worth of power tools and equip­ment, was stolen from his Rochester home and set on fire.

De­tec­tive Se­nior Con­sta­ble Troy Wickham of Cam­paspe Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit said the sil­ver 2011 GX Landcruiser V8 was stolen from Mr Hock­ing’s Hotham St drive­way at about 3.30am on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 28.

The ute, val­ued at $55,000, was then found burnt out hours later on Bur­goin Rd.

Un­der Mr Hock­ing’s in­sur­ance pol­icy, be­cause his ute was not stolen from his par­ent’s prop­erty, he is now al­most $72,000 out of pocket.

The diesel me­chanic, 21, pur­chased his Landcruiser in early De­cem­ber last year.

‘‘I woke up around 3:30am but by the time I’d worked out what had hap­pened it was too late,’’ he said.

‘‘I’m not so wor­ried about the ute as it’s re­place­able.

‘‘Though I had just fin­ished pay­ing it off.

‘‘But with­out my tools, I can’t do my job.

‘‘I worked re­ally hard to build up my tools.’’

The CFA was called but the ve­hi­cle was de­stroyed. The power tools and a small bat­tery-op­er­ated crane that were in the ute have not been found. But sur­pris­ingly, Hock­ing’s new UHS was still in the pas­sen­ger seat in it’s box.

Det Snr Con­sta­ble Wickham said po­lice were ap­peal­ing for any in­for­ma­tion about the crime.

“If any­one saw the car be­tween these hours or knows some­thing about it, I would urge them to come for­ward,” he said.

Mr Hock­ing is des­per­ately hop­ing the per­pe­tra­tors can be found.

‘‘If any­one has se­cu­rity cam­eras, can they please check them from around 3am-4:05am on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 28,’’ he said.

Po­lice have been able to un­cover fin­ger­prints from the ve­hi­cle and are hop­ing they can lead to the thieves.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion can con­tact po­lice on 5483 1500 or Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

The Landcruiser was stolen and then torched in the early hours of Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 28.

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