Two BMWs found in a quarry at Suffolk
By RACHEL AFFLICK firstname.lastname@example.org THIEVES who stole two BMWs from a Suffolk Park home ended their dangerous joyrides by driving the luxury vehicles over a cliff and into Broken Head quarry.
Queensland holidaymakers Rod Lambert and Chris Wight, the owners of the cars, were devastated by the senseless act, and police have also labelled it as a 'malicious act that didn't need to occur'.
The house was targeted on Friday night after the men and their families and friends caught a bus to the East Coast Blues and Roots Festival.
The group had locked the house thoroughly, but when they arrived home at 11.20pm they saw the louvres had been removed from the front windows and their two BMWs were missing from the driveway.
Along with their car keys, iPods, cameras, a boogie board and a skateboard belonging to Mr Lambert's children were taken.
What happened next police are still piecing together. Witnesses saw two BMWs being driven around Suffolk Park, smashing into each other on purpose.
The cars, with a collective value of more than $200,000, were spotted the next morning at the bottom of the quarry by a couple of passers-by.
The doors of one of the vehicles had been ripped off, leading police to believe the joy riders may have removed it to drive it off a cliff and jump out at the same time.
"They smashed through the boom gates to get into the quarry," Mr Lambert said.
A property investor from Brisbane, Mr Lambert plans to move to Suffolk Park in the next two years.
He said the issue of crime in the area was deeply concerning and hoped that the community could band together to somehow to tackle the problem.
"Something's got to be done," he said. The incident was the most serious of 16 break-and-enters that occurred in Byron Bay between Thursday and Saturday, during Bluesfest.
Senior Constable Richard Hughes, of Byron Bay, said there were probably a few offenders involved.
He said it was a reminder for people to lock up their homes before leaving and to put away their car keys out of sight.
Police want anyone with information to contact them.