Box trailer theft ruins livelihood of free spirit
By HANNAH ROSS
ONLY in Byron Bay would the theft of one's worldly possessions come complete with some bar stool advice from a man who saw a ray of light hit the newspaper advertisement pleading for the return of the goods.
David Wright, whose box trailer and possessions were stolen from the Byron Bay industrial estate on June 16, said the Byron spirit had been out in force.
"This man came to me and said he saw the ray of light hit my advertisement and he knew he would meet me," David said. "He told me, 'only when a man can learn to give up his worldly possessions can he walk like Christ through the desert'."
Mr Wright is trying to be equally philosophical about the theft, which has left him homeless. For 10 years he has travelled the east coast of Australia with just his fourwheel-drive and trailer.
Inside the trailer were the tools he used for his work as a handyman, his cooking gear, his clothes, watches given to him by his sons, even his grandmother's eggbeater.
"It is a bitter pill because I have had a life of loss. There were things in the trailer of sentimental value that no amount of money could replace," Mr Wright said. "I'm just putting out to the uni- verse that the trailer will be seen. I visualise it coming back to me with all my stuff in it.
"I have to stay positive and wonder what I am meant to learn from this. I don't know the master plan, but I know the master has a plan."
Anyone who sees a white, off-road trailer, about 1.8m wide, 2.4m long and 2.1m high with the plate J24966 can call Byron Bay police on 66859499 or Mr Wright on 0427018861.