Thieves target boat


Graham Foote had his business broken in to and (inset) the thieves hitch up the boat. Main picture: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au   d448268
Thieves target boat
Graham Foote had his business broken in to and (inset) the thieves hitch up the boat. Main picture: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au d448268

The boat was taken from G and F Logistics in November.

Security cameras posted at the Spencer Street business captured three people scoping out the business earlier in the evening.

Two men on a motorbike made numerous passes just before midnight before taking off.

Managing director Graham Foote said one of them returned 20 minutes later.

“You can see him come to the front gate, look at it, cut a hole in the fence and push his bike through,” he said.

The man stalked the premises before tripping a sensor.

“He had a helmet on so you couldn’t see anything but when |he realised what he’d done, he |bolted back to his bike,” Mr Foote said.

The trio returned to the back entrance about 3.50am but could not gain entry.

They returned 30 minutes later with an angle grinder, cut through a lock, swung the gates open, hooked up the boat and took off.

Mr Foote believes the getaway car was an older model Ford Falcon.

“They set the alarms off at 4.17am and by 4.19am they were gone,” he said.

Mr Foote said it was not the first time his business, and others in the area, had been targeted.

“It’s frustrating because they think they can come in here and steal fridges and spotlights like it’s theirs to take,” he said.

“They don’t care.

“They think they have a right to it.

While angry, Mr Foote knows the thieves will have a hard time getting rid of the boat.

That is because there are only three of that particular model in WA.

“They don’t make that model of Hallett Charisma anymore,” he said.