DEVASTATING LOSS: Aaron Hardy said his white Isuzu truck was low on fuel, so hopefully police will find the truck on service station CCTV footage.
DEVASTATING LOSS: Aaron Hardy said his white Isuzu truck was low on fuel, so hopefully police will find the truck on service station CCTV footage. Lucy Smith

Business owner plans to sleep in shed after theft

BEAGLE Boys construction company owner Aaron Hardy was so devastated by a break-in that he'll be turning security into his full-time job.

He returned to his work shed yesterday morning to find his truck and small earthmover stolen.

It was one of five break-ins in Mackay overnight on Tuesday. Surveillance cameras and the keys to Mr Hardy's other vehicles were also taken from his shed in Slade Point.

"I'll be staying here (at the shed) overnight from now on, until Christmas," he said.

"I don't think there's any other option, you have to protect your stuff."

Mr Hardy's white Isuzu truck and small earthmover were worth $80,000, and he'll incur further financial loss having to contract out the work.

Two other businesses were broken into that night, both at Presto Ave, Mackay Harbour.

Thieves broke into a National Pump & Energy shed and took about $1000 in cash, and at Bis Industries a security screen was removed but nothing was taken.

When a Carmila resident was hospitalised between November 19 and December 7, their Carmila West Rd address was robbed.

Televisions, stereos, tool-boxes, tool, and a 2005 model blue Holden Crewman dual cab and a 2000 model domestic box trailer were stolen from the home.

In South Mackay, two homes were broken into.

On Ready St, someone entered a house and took a wallet, card and phone. On Evans St, a phone was taken from a garage, and a wallet with $150 was taken from the vehicle outside.

Anyone with information about the crimes can phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Break-ins - Targeted on Tuesday night:

  • Mackay Harbour: Two businesses on Presto Ave - Bis Industries and National Pump & Energy.
  • South Mackay: Two unlocked homes on Evans St and Ready St.

Prevent break-ins on holiday:

  • Let a neighbour know the date you're coming home.
  • Get a friend to clear mail, bins and occassionally switch a light on or off


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