Stolen $37,000 bobcat recovered
A TWEED Heads man whose livelihood was stolen was thrilled yesterday when police found his uninsured bobcat.
Garry Woodward had little hope his bobcat would show up after it was stolen along with his tipper truck on Tuesday night from Keith Compton Drive.
However, Robina Police officers called yesterday to inform him they had found the $37,000 brand-new machine in bushland at Reedy Creek.
“They didn't get the guys but they got my bobcat,” Mr Woodward said. “It's pretty rare.”
All of Mr Woodward's equipment was also stolen and his tipper truck was torched and found in Pizzey Park at Miami the same night.
Although Mr Woodward will have to build his business up again, he is happy to have his unused bobcat back.
“A lot of other stuff is gone but at least I got something back. That's so much better,” he said.
Before the robbery, Mr Woodward was ready to go to Brisbane and the Lockyer Valley for a month of volunteer work.
Robina Police Station Acting Senior Sergent Chris Smith said the find was a great outcome for Mr Woodward.
“We got information that there was a bobcat that appeared to be hidden at Cowell Drive at Reedy Creek,” Acting Snr Sgt Smith said.
“Our people turned up on Wednesday afternoon and found the said bobcat underneath all this material, to secrete it from view. It appeared like they were trying to hide it.
“Two men were seen by chance walking or loitering in the area and when police tried to stop them they took off on foot.”
Acting Snr Sgt Smith said police used the dog squad to chase the men but they lost their track at the motorway.
“We don't know if these men had anything to do with the bobcat but it was quite coincidental,” he said.
“At the end of the day these things do turn up, so it's worked out quite well.”
Anyone with information is urged to contact their nearest police station or Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.