By Brendan Rees
A man in a sling has attempted to chase down thieves who were stealing his trailer from his Narre Warren South home.
Landscaper and concreter Brendan Rydquist said he had been inside his house on Thursday evening, 27 June when he heard the culprits and rushed to try and stop them.
“I heard the bang and that was them taking off, driving it off from the nature strip,” he said.
“By the time I got out they were 400 metres up the road.”
Mr Rydquist, who is recovering from shoulder surgery, said he had viewed CCTV footage from his neighbour’s house which showed two men jumping out of a car about 7.50pm.
“You see two images of guys hopping out and going to the trailer, and then a guy comes back around the corner and reverses in with it,” he said.
“The second footage is them driving out of my street onto Glasscocks road and that’s where it’s lit up more.”
The getaway car appeared to be a Toyota Hilux, he said.
Adding to his frustration was the fact that the trailer, worth $5,000, was brand new and hadn’t been insured.
“It was a replacement trailer of the one we got written off in January.”
“I had a trailer lock on it all the time and I unhooked it before surgery, and forgot to put it back on.
“I was in hospital this week so it’s been sitting there for about four days.
“What I reckon is they’ve sussed the place out a few times,” he said.
He said his street was not lit up “so you just see a car and headlights.”
The trailer was empty at the time, he said, and expressed his disbelief with the incident: “It’s just happening too often.”
“There’s street lights at the corner of Glasscocks and Narre Warren – Cranbourne Road. Surely there’s camera or footage there,” Mr Rydquist said.
The trailer is described as black, eight by five tandem trailer, with registration Z33 655. It also has Ramco Tailers signwriting.
Mr Rydquist has appealed for information on Facebook’s Casey Crime Page.
Narre Warren police have been handed the footage and are investigating. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.