Beach ranger makes strange dis­cov­ery

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - Sam Gibbs

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.

Pic­ture: Noel Dew

The stolen trac­tor sits aban­doned on Pre­ston Beach about 30km away from the owner’s prop­erty in Myalup.

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