Crooks steal beloved boat
IT was going to be one of those ideal Clarence Valley Saturdays for Tony Peters of Bent Street, South Grafton.
His boat hooked up to his car on Friday night in readiness for an early departure to Yamba the next day, Tony was keen to hit the road about 5.15am when he walked outside to discover his beloved 5.1 metre vessel missing.
The devastating realisation at the theft was made worse by the fact that Tony had just put a new Mercury 75 horsepower motor on the boat and the vessel was fitted out with a fish finder, GPS and new steering wheel.
Tony, who asked The Daily Examiner not to publish his real name, estimated the boat to be worth $25,000 but expected to receive only $18,000 from his insurance company.
“It’s really unbelievable,” he said. “What can you say?”
Though he didn’t hold out much hope of ever seeing his boat again, Tony said he’d much prefer the boat than the insurance money.
“We use it on the river all the time,” he said. “We’ve got one of the best rivers in the country to use it on.”
None of Tony’s family, including his wife and kids, nor his dogs in the back yard, was alerted to the thieves.
“Our next door neighbour had their car stolen from out of the driveway about 18 months ago,” he said.
“They would have had to have pushed it up the hill.”
Information about the theft should be directed to Grafton Police.