Bullet rips into holiday home
A SINGLE shot from a high powered rifle was fired into a holiday home at Sheepyard Flat, ripping through walls, doors and even a bedhead.
The incident occurred sometime earlier this month and the owners of the home are, understandably, furious.
Russell Brown, who has owned the property for more than two decades, said the Tobacco Flat dwelling had only just been rebuilt.
“It’s taken us (the ownership syndicate) two years to rebuild the hut – we are pretty p***** off, it’s done a lot of damage.”
Mr Brown said they assume a “lowlife spotlighter” had illegally been on the property and sighted a deer, taking a pot shot at close range to the home.
“We assume there was a deer out the front and they just didn’t care that there was a house behind it,” Mr Brown said.
“These spotlighting idiots have a four wheel drive and a rifle – that’s it – they have no knowledge or common sense.”
Mr Brown himself is a long time deer stalker, and said he had the utmost respect for those that properly hunted in the bush, however, he is confident the vandals that destroyed his property are not included in the latter.
A decapitated deer was also found in the backyard, the fifth that has been found since the beginning of the year.
“These guys are just lowlifes,” Mr Brown said.
“But we would probably rather it be from someone shooting at a deer than a completely random and stupid act of vandalism.”
It is not the first time the property has been broken into, but Mr Brown has since installed 24 hour surveillance, saying, “If it happens again we will have pictures.”
Mansfield police officer Leading Senior Constable Ian Gipp said while the act was random, “when there is a high powered weapon involved, it’s always a concern”.
“The incident occurred at an unoccupied holiday home at Howqua Hills - we are appealing for witnesses or anyone who might have information,” he said.
Ldg Snr Con Gipp said investigations were ongoing, and anyone with information is urged to call the Mansfield police station on 57752555.
HOME SHOOTING: A holiday home at Sheepyard Flat was allegedly shot at earlier this month.