Excavators stolen from Australind and taken for joyride causing $10k in damage

Jacinta CantatoreSouth Western Times

Police are urging the perpetrators of a senseless theft to come forward if they want to be treated more “positively” by the long arm of the law.

About 1pm on Monday offenders entered a private waste facility on Stanley Road, stealing two excavators from the site.

The theft at the Wellesley business caused about $10,000 worth of damage to equipment and fencing.

The offenders then stole the excavators, driving them away from the facility and breaking through fencing.

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The vehicles were driven into neighbouring bushland, where they were later were found by the business owners.

Th joyride caused significant damage to fencing and to the excavators.

Australind police officer-in-charge Mark Smith said this type of crime was frustrating because it was senseless destruction which impacted on a local business.

We would very much like to find who is responsible for this. And we would like to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious around that area.

Sen. Sgt Mark Smith

Sen. Sgt Smith also had a message for the thieves responsible for the damage.

“Hand yourself in,” he urged.

“It might reflect positively on you for your future when we are dealing with you.”

Anyone with information on this incident can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or local police on 131 444.

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