Theft of $3500 earth drill leaves Caniaba owner in hole

CALLOUS thieves have left a Caniaba business owner devastated after he arrived at work on Monday to discover a new $3500 auger had been stolen.

Coast to Creek Farm Services owner Matt Lee left the recently purchased Auger Torque 3000 earth drill at the Pacific Highway upgrade site at Ivy Ln, Knockrow, about 5.30pm on Friday.

When he arrived at work on Monday morning he discovered the auger, estimated to weigh more than 500kg was gone.

"Just the auger unit itself takes at least two to three men to lift it," Mr Lee said.

"It hooks on the front of my tractor. It's a two-man operation, you need to have a bloke driving the tractor and another bloke outside lining you up for your holes.

"Me and my brother are big fellas and we struggle to lift it onto the back of the ute when it's pulled apart."

With three children under five and his business less than 12 months old, Mr Lee said the theft was a crushing blow.

"It hits my hip pocket hard because I can't just pull $3500 out of thin air to replace it," he said.

"We are just hoping that the insurance is going to cover it."

Mr Lee said the auger had been left out of sight about 1km from the highway but conceded it could have been accessed by anyone.

"Anyone could have driven in over the weekend but they would have had to know it was there and not many people did," he said.

"Only certain people like tradesmen, or even a farmer would use it.

"It's not something that you would say 'oh I might use that one day so I'll knock it off'."

Details and serial numbers from the auger have been provided to police who are investigating the theft.

"If someone brings it back when I'm not around there will be no questions asked," Mr Lee said.

Anyone with any information about the theft is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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