Tractor thefts threaten road repairs

Citywide worker Ziggy Witcombe at the company’s Trigg Street site where thieves stole two John Deere tractors worth $120,000.

THE THEFT of two tractors worth $120,000 from a Colac depot could delay emergency road repairs across the district.

VicRoads contractor Citywide reported the theft of the John Deere tractors from its Trigg Street depot last week.

The company used the tractors for road maintenance work in Colac and district.

Detective Sergeant Peter Griffiths of Colac Criminal Investigation Unit said the theft required heavy machinery.

“It’s a proper operation, probably using a flat low carrier truck and trailer,” Det Griffiths said.

He said one of the tractors was a 6420 model with a grey and orange slasher attached, and the second was a model 610 tractor.

VicRoads contract manager Rob Thompson said workers discovered the theft on Friday morning.

“The depot is fenced and gated and under the cover of darkness they have cut the chain at the front gate and away they’ve gone,” Mr Thompson said.

“I’m incredibly disappointed and angry and annoyed,” he said.

“It delays our ability to respond to emergency call outs and slash the road shoulders, and we have to make a claim on insurance and our premiums go up.

“It’s obviously been very well-organised and such a brazen theft.”



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