IN THE early hours of Monday morning, Phillip Heir and his family didn’t stir as thieves quietly rolled his work ute and trailer out of his Tolland Heights driveway, only to take it to Jubilee Park and torch it.
The random act of vandalism has left Mr Heir disgusted and his family without an income with the uninsured ute essential to his self-operated business, Aaron’s Hedging and Mowing.
“It’s just all so senseless,” Mr Heir said of the theft.
“They stole the ute so they could just take it to a sporting ground to burn it, which makes it useless to me and to them.”
The ute was locked at the time of the theft.
The trailer, which was loaded with gardening tools, was damaged but is repairable.
The setback comes after Mr Heir only started the small business in April, to support himself and his four children, keeping operating costs low by using the ’94 Mazda Bravo as his work truck.
“You work hard to branch out on your own, which is a big risk,” Mr Heir said of starting his business.
“I just want the people who did this to know what effect they have on other people; I work for what I’ve got.”
Due to a string of car thefts – four in the past five days – in the Central, Mount Austin and Tolland areas, police have reissued a warning to residents urging them to ensure their vehicles are locked and valuables aren’t left in the car.
“Police are urging people to lock their cars,” a spokeswoman said, also urging anyone with information about the incident to contact the station.
“Police would like to hear from anyone who may assist in identifying the people responsible for this crime.”
ROBBED OF AN INCOME: Phillip Heir inspects the remains of his torched ute yesterday, which was stolen and burnt out in the early hours of Monday morning. Picture: Addison Hamilton
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