Joy ride on stolen loader

POLICE are looking for a man who stole a front-end loader from a tyre-processing site at New Chum yesterday.

It was thought the brazen thief walked into the Chip Tyre business, at the end of a dirt track a few kilometres off Redbank Plains Rd, about 9.30am and drove off in the machine while the operator was having a coffee break.

Chip Tyre spokeswoman Marilyn Mohr said two employees saw the man walk onto the site and go into the toilet briefly before sneaking into the loader. He started the machine and took off before anyone could stop him.

“He walked a long way to get there ... it’s not a through road,” Mrs Mohr said. “We wondered if he was an ex-employee ... just to have so much front to walk in and drive off in it.”

The 20-tonne Kawasaki loader was taken for a short joy-ride before being parked at Buschman Close, Redbank Plains.

Residents told police they saw a man sprinting through backyards soon after the loader was abandoned. The machine was recovered in one piece, although its owners suspect it may have picked up some minor damage.

Mrs Mohr said she was relieved nobody was hurt.

Anyone with information that could assist police should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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