Barry's rare $77,000 Merc stolen
IT took five months for Rockhampton’s Barry Green to take delivery of the $77,000 Mercedes Benz work van he’d ordered and which had been built in Germany.
Less than three weeks later it was stolen from the premises of a Parkhurst business where the van had been taken for modifications.
Yesterday, Barry, who runs Green Brothers Wholesale Prop Ltd, appealed for community help to help get his van returned.
He picked it up on December 23 and it was stolen on Saturday, January 9.
Police yesterday confirmed an investigation was underway into the theft, which is one of a large number of vehicles stolen in the Rockhampton district in recent times.
They said the Criminal Investigation Bureau had been called in to handle this case due to the high value of the vehicle.
Barry said his van was being specially modified for his business.
He said it had dual tyres at the rear of the vehicle and had also been specifically heightened with a “super high roof”.
It’s a white Sprinter 518 CDI van with a red and white number plate, 648 MRC.
“I’m very frightened it’s been trashed,” Barry said.
“I’m at my wit’s end.
“I’m asking anyone who may have seen it to call Crime Stoppers.”
He said if the van was returned to him in tact he would consider not pressing charges.
“This is an important part of the business,” Barry said.
The latest Rockhampton District Crime Bulletin revealed vehicle stealing hotspots included Berserker, The Range, Park Avenue, Norman Gardens, Gracemere, Yeppoon, Koongal, Kawana and Mount Morgan.
The police crime bulletin, produced in December, said the majority of the city’s vehicle thefts had occurred in residential streets and driveways.
It said people should lock their vehicles at all times.
Barry said anyone with information could call him on 0418 799 867 or 4927 3300 during business hours.