To catch a thief, business owner offers $5000 reward
A SOUTH Grafton businessman has offered a $5000 reward to help catch the thieves who broke into his premises last month.
Paul Winmill, of Paul Winmill Caravans, has offered the reward to anyone who can provide information that leads to the conviction of the thief or thieves or the return of the $54,000 caravan stolen in the raid.
During the night of April 3 thieves used boltcutters to get into Mr Winmill's South Grafton business to steal a 20-foot (six-metre) Millard Endeavour caravan fitted with a shower, toilet, television and other features and a $10,000 Chev motorhome on consignment.
Mr Winmill said he was fed up with the number of breakins and other thefts in the area and thought the conviction of some of those responsible might put a dent in Valley crime figures.
There was a break-in at a neighbouring business, Clarence Valley Tyres, this week, but nothing was stolen.
Mr Winmill said he expected the caravan would now be installed in a caravan park somewhere along the coast.
It was likely to have experi- enced some damage to the off side during the robbery. It is white with a burgundy stripe and chassis number 5330.
He said it had a pull-out awning, but he realised only this week that an annexe had been stolen from a neighbouring van and thought it might be used on the stolen van.
"I would say it (the thief) would have been someone who had been in the yard, checked all the vans out and then returned for the robbery," he said.
Anyone with information can contact Paul Winmill Caravans on 66424174.