APOLLO Bay police say a confused neighbour gave away a 6.5-tonne motorised tram reported stolen from a coastal Colac district property.
Police found the tram at a Sunshine transport company’s depot, where it remains and is the subject of a civil dispute.
The tram’s owner, a Healesville woman, reported it stolen after it disappeared from the nature strip of her vacant block at Separation Creek, between Lorne and Apollo Bay.
But Apollo Bay Senior Constable Andy Orchard said a Melbourne man who owned the neighbouring block thought the tram had been dumped on his land and wanted to get rid of it.
Sen Const Orchard said the neighbour was concerned about Colac Otway Shire Council tickets on the vehicle requesting its removal, so he advertised the tram online.
“He saw the stickers on it from the shire and thought it would cost him money – so he took photos and put it on Facebook and asked if anyone wanted it,” he said.
“A lady who owns a transport company in Sunshine said she would have it and organised a truck to come down and get it,” Sen Const Orchard said.
“The owner has been notified and she is going to speak to the lady who picked it up and try and sort something out.”
Sen Const Orchard said the owner had used the tram, which had four wheels and bench seating for 19 people, to store camping gear that she used at her coastal block.
Police initially estimated the tram, which was immobile when it disappeared, was worth $10,000.