G&T; Auto Sales manager Alex Seaward is disgusted with thieves who stole the wheels off one of his cars and left it on its chassis.
G&T; Auto Sales manager Alex Seaward is disgusted with thieves who stole the wheels off one of his cars and left it on its chassis. Max Fleet

Thieves steal car tyres

A CAR dealer got a nasty surprise when he arrived for work yesterday to find a vehicle sitting on its belly — with no wheels.

G&T Auto Sales directing manager Alex Seaward said he went through plenty of emotions when he found the 2005 Hyundai Elantra lying on its belly.

“I was distraught, distressed and annoyed,” he said.

“I've never seen anything like that before.”

Mr Seaward said the thieves had jacked up the car, taken all four 18-inch wheels and then pulled the jack out, leaving the car on the ground and Mr Seaward with the difficult task of picking it up.

“I have no idea how we are going to get it back up,” Mr Seaward said.

“I think it will have caused quite a bit of damage, but there's no way of telling until we can get it back up again.”

The disappointed business operator said he would be making it harder for thieves in the future.

“We'll be looking at getting more security after this,” he said.

“We've contacted all the tyre places in town in case these guys try to swap or take the tyres off the rims.”

Mr Seaward said the business's fence had been damaged a few weeks before where someone had broken into the yard.

“We couldn't tell if anything was taken, but they must have broken in for a reason,” he said.

Bundaberg police Sergeant Mike McLellan said officers believed the thieves jumped the two metre spiked fence to gain entry to the yard.

“They've removed the wheels and left the vehicle sitting on the ground and then either passed or thrown the wheels over the fence,” he said.

“They are quite expensive wheels. Probably a couple of thousand dollars worth.”

Anyone with information should call police on 4153 9111 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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