Plea to return ‘precious’ car

By David Rak

A rare hot rod valued at $75,000 was stolen from a Barmah property last Friday.

Thieves broke into a garage at the Lawford St address, stealing the blue 1931 Ford V8 hot rod Tourer Tudor sometime between 5.30pm and 10.30pm.

An $8000 Minelab metal detector and a Stihl and Husqvarna chainsaw were also stolen.

It’s believed the hot rod, with Victorian club registration 02301M, may have been removed from the property after being loaded onto a trailer.

The vehicle is a two-door soft top with leather interior and distinctive Ford badges on each seat.

Vehicle owner Garry Barnard was visibly distraught and pleaded with the thieves to return his ‘‘pride and joy’’.

‘‘I was away from the house for three or four hours and I came back and it was gone,’’ Mr Barnard said.

‘‘I don’t understand how someone got it out of town without anyone seeing it.

‘‘It worries me that it’s fallen into the wrong hands because it’s a very powerful car. Someone could kill themselves if they’re not careful.’’

Mr Barnard said he was concerned he would never see the car again and hoped someone would come forward with information.

‘‘The car is precious to me. I don’t care about the other stuff, just please give my car back.’’

Cobram CIU Detective Senior Constable Bree George said she was confident of the vehicle’s return with help from the community.

‘‘Someone would have to have seen the car and I urge anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers or their local police,’’ she said.

‘‘This was a rare burglary and we don’t believe it was a targeted attack.’’