"Frustrations" over fourth Nelson forestry burglary in about six months
A Nelson Forests contractor has been hit by a fourth "frustrating" burglary in less than a year.
MJ Fraser Logging company which contracts out to Nelson Forests has had tools and a number of other items stolen from its Golden Downs forestry area off Kerr Hill Rd, near St Arnaud.
Logging site owner Mike Fraser said it appeared the site was targeted sometime between Friday afternoon and early Saturday morning. He was still assessing the losses.
The crews arrived to work on Saturday morning to find a number of items had been stolen. Early indications were that tools were targeted during the burglary and attempts to take machinery were also made.
"Buggers. These guys obviously know what they're doing ... it is frustrating," Fraser said.
He notified police on Saturday and worked with investigation crews on Monday while fingerprints and evidence were collected from the area.
"They're on the ball with that."
Fraser said he was hopeful there would be a good outcome following investigations. He said the area ran security cameras. "One other time we got broken into, they got caught."
Fraser said it was unfortunate that he had to think about a possible "next time" but he was already putting in measures to "be smarter" and deter potential future thieves.
"This is probably the fourth burglary since October. We had a bit of a run last year where we had diesel and that stolen from one of our crews and another they had been broken into a couple of times."
He asked if anyone knows any information to call the police.
Nelson Bays senior constable Mike Parfitt said the theft occurred in a fairly remote area on the way to Top House. He was waiting on a list of the items taken from the area.
"Theft from logging sites is something that we deal with quite frequently. "It is very frustrating for the guys involved," he said
He said police, the forestry companies and the logging contractors were working together to reduce thefts.
"Although it does happen, it is happening less frequently than it used to, say 10 years ago. Basically because of increased awareness of people who live in those remote areas, increased security by the logging crews and increased security by the forestry companies," Parfitt said.
"We'd just like to know of anybody who saw anything suspicious in the Top House/St Arnaud area over the weekend."
Parfitt could not comment at this stage whether the incident involved more than one person.
Very little damage was done to the forestry site's sheds as a result of the incident.
On Sunday night tools were also the target of another theft from a Gibbons Construction site off Salisbury Rd in Richmond.
An estimated $10,000 worth of equipment was stolen from the area.
Anyone with information that could assist police with investigations into the incidences is asked to contact Nelson Police on 03-546 3840 or Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111 or via the online reporting page.