Thieves put livelihood on line for Coast handyman
RICK Derrick's livelihood is on the line after his ute, fully loaded with the tools of his trade, was stolen while he was working at Caboolture.
The burnt-out shell of the vehicle was later found near bushland, the two mowers, whipper snipper, blower, chainsaw and knapsack with a combined value around $2500 gone.
The Yandina-based handyman has been working from Gympie to Caboolture, and his daughter Mikki Derrick said Mr Derrick's insurance would not cover enough of the costs for him to get back on his feet.
The insurance on the vehicle would not cover the loss of the tools because the were in the tray of his ute - uncovered, and not locked away.
" I think people should be aware of their insurance policy's fine print, even if he was mowing the footpath and someone came up to him and robbed him he wouldn't be covered," Ms Derrick said.
"My parents rely so heavily on this business to keep them going each week. Him working is the only income they have and now they have nothing.
"He's not being able to do his work, losing income that he needs and is going to be put in debt trying to cover the loss."
Ms Derrick has started a gofundme page where she is taking donations to help get Mr Derrick back to work.