Vandalism wrecks auto dream

FOR three years Rockhampton's Joseph Sacco invested everything in his Holden dream.

But vandalism has thrown a span- ner into his goal of doing up a VL Commodore into a show car.

The 21-year-old's prized posses- sion was broken into and damaged after he left it in a carpark outside Officeworks, in Kent Street.

A rear window was smashed to gain entry. Stolen were a stereo sys- tem, digital camera and video cam- era. Parts of the car were damaged. Mr Sacco was not insured for theft.

"There are no words I could say about what I would like to do to them,'' Mr Sacco said from his North Rockhampton home yes- terday.

He bought the car for just over $2000 early in 2003 and worked tire- lessly with family members doing up the car, including a new engine. About two months ago the car was back on the road ? 21/2 weeks later the vandals struck.

"I wouldn't have much change out of $20,000,'' he said of the money in- vested.

"I'm still deciding what to do. I want to keep it because I love it, but stuff (bad things) keeps happening.'' His family encouraged anyone with information to call police.

The car was broken into between 6pm and 7pm on Tuesday, March 14.

Rockhampton Police Sergeant Ralph Faria said car theft and vehi- cle break-ins were an issue. The number of incidents appeared to have dropped off in recent days.

Anyone with information about Mr Sacco's incident or other car break-ins should call Crime Stop- pers on 1800 333 000 or Rockhampton police on 4932 1500.

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