Lismore police call fire truck theft a 'disgusting' act
UPDATE 1.15PM: POLICE are appealing for information after several break-ins at Coraki last weekend, including one incident where a Fire Truck was stolen.
Two residential premises along with the Coraki Fire Station, a golf club and a nursing home were broken into between 4pm Sunday and 6am Monday.
During the break-in of the Coraki Fire Station, offenders stole fire fighting tools and equipment; and after finding the keys, stole the fire appliance and drove it a short distance away to Adams Street, police said.
A golf cart was also stolen from a residence in Union Street and was used to move items from the Coraki Fire Station.
Officers from Richmond Local Area Command were notified of the incidents and commenced inquiries.
Following investigations, about 2pm on Monday, police executed three search warrants at a housing estate at Box Ridge.
During the search warrants, the keys to the fire appliance were located by officers and later returned to Fire & Rescue NSW, along with several other items believed to be connected with these incidents.
Investigations are continuing and police are appealing for anyone who may have seen anything or anyone suspicious around these locations to contact Lismore Detectives on (02) 6626 0599 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Richmond Local Area Command Crime Manager, Detective Chief Inspector Cameron Lindsay said while investigation of all property offences is important, it is particularly disgusting to see these offenders targeting emergency service facilities.
"Emergency service equipment is vital to ensure the safety of the local community. Stealing items for personal gain which can save lives is disappointing." Det Ch Insp Lindsay said.
"I'm urging anyone who can assist my investigators in finding those responsible to contact them. Information can also be made anonymously to Crime Stoppers."
Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.
7.30AM: THIEVES have taken a Northern Rivers town's fire truck for a joyride before stealing essential firefighting equipment.
The New South Wales Fire and Rescue truck was stolen from the Coraki fire station in Adams St on Tuesday night.
The thieves, suspected of being juveniles, dumped the truck shortly after it was stolen before allegedly breaking into a Union St home and stealing a golf buggy.
They also broken into the Coraki Golf Club's greenkeepers shed.
Police have confirmed an incident took place and search warrants were executed on several properties in Coraki.