“I’m paying a machine off that I don’t even own,” said business owner Garry Woodward.
“I’m paying a machine off that I don’t even own,” said business owner Garry Woodward. John Gass

Thieves steal man's bobcat

“YESTERDAY I had a business, today I have nothing.”

This was the devastating reality Garry Woodward woke up to early yesterday morning when the police called to say they had found his burnt-out truck.

“I didn’t even know it was stolen,” the Tweed Heads man said.

“I was in shock.”

Mr Woodward’s tipper truck, bobcat and equipment, totalling about $130,000, were stolen in what Tweed police have described as a professional job.

“The worst thing is the bobcat’s not insured. It was brand-spanking new, I only registered it on Friday,” he said.

“I’m paying a machine off that I don’t even own.

“I was supposed to go to Brisbane and the Lockyer Valley for a month to volunteer.

“It was so low, especially at this time when everyone’s volunteered.”

Tweed Police Senior Constable Bruce Jones said the truck with the bobcat on it was stolen overnight from the Amaroo Nursing Home carpark on Keith Compton Drive, where Mr Woodward stored it.

“They stole the truck, removed the bobcat and all the equipment, and took the truck to Pizzey Park in Miami and torched it for no apparent reason other than to get rid of evidence,” Snr Cnst Jones said.

“It looks like a professional, organised job.”

Equipment stolen included a tool box full of tools, laser levels, ramps and a hydraulic jack.

“That took a while to build up,” Snr Cnst Jones said.

“The total value was about $130,000.

“At the moment we’re investigating.”

Mr Woodward, who owns Around Tweed Excavation, has spent the past 15 years working in excavation.

“I’ll be starting from scratch, but it’ll all be good,” he said.

“It’ll work out.

“Out of all my gear I’ve only got a gurney left because I sent it up to Brisbane two days ago.”

Mr Woodward and his wife Therese are refusing to let this get them down.

“I’m sitting here whinging, but people have lost houses,” he said

“We’re very uplifted by the amount of people helping in the floods.

“I’ve been overseas and this wouldn’t happen anywhere else in the world.”

Last year Mr Woodward spent two weeks in Timor doing volunteer work, and he helped in Sri Lanka after the tsunami.

“I build schools and clinics for the Mary McKillop Foundation.”

The stolen truck also had boxes of clothes and toiletries destined from Queensland.

“Not to worry; it’s a financial disaster but at least I’ve got my health and kids.”

Anyone who may have any information is encouraged to contact Tweed Police on (07) 5536 0999 or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000. The Toyota 1.8 tonne SDK5 bobcat was blue, white and black with the registration C88507.



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