Beach ranger makes strange discovery
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever found on the beach? Maybe a whale bone, a turtle shell?
Or maybe a tractor, which is what Preston Beach volunteer ranger Noel Dew discovered during a patrol on October 22.
“I saw this red tractor sitting on the beach and I thought ‘that doesn’t look right’,” Mr Dew said.
“You’d be surprised by some of the things we find on the beach there but it was pretty unusual.”
Mr Dew said he thought the tractor belonged to the Shire of Waroona until he contacted the manager of works and services Murry Bracknell who said there were no works in the area.
Mr Dew said he and other rangers found the driver’s side door was unlocked, the registration plates were missing the vehicle appeared to have been stolen.
Myalup contractor and owner of the stolen tractor John Cross said the vehicle was securely locked up on his property before the incident.
“My brand new tractor was just gone, I couldn’t believe it,” Mr Cross said.
“I thought I was never going to see it again, I was devastated.”
Mr Cross said he was determined to find his missing tractor and searched far and wide across Myalup until he found a set of tyre tracks leading to the beach but no sign of the vehicle.
Mr Dew had already reported the incident to police and contacted the Preston Beach Fire Brigade to put the word out.
Mr Cross said the vehicle was the first tractor he’d ever owned and was relieved to have his pride and joy back.
Harvey Police Station officerin-charge Sgt Scott Gillis said police wanted to speak to anyone who saw any suspicious behaviour. Information regarding the theft can be given to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Preston Beach volunteer ranger Noel Dew, Preston Beach Fire Brigade Captain Steve Thomas, Preston Beach Fire Brigade member Clint Vagg and Preston Beach volunteer ranger Barry Pitman celebrate the safe return of the abandoned tractor.
The stolen tractor sits abandoned on Preston Beach about 30km away from the owner’s property in Myalup.