Attempt to steal Monaro thwarted
IT took Lewis Cassar 30 years to purchase his dream car – a 1973 Monaro – but he nearly lost the $50,000 machine overnight in Warwick at the weekend.
The Monaro Nationals, which attracted 250 classic cars and countless tourism dollars to the town, also attracted the attention of thieves who stole two classic utes worth over $30,000 and attempted to steal Mr Cassar’s Monaro.
A metallic purple Falcon XY71 GT utility and a black 1995 Nissan Patrol station wagon with a classic white Holden ute in a trailer on the back were stolen in the early hours of Saturday morning from the Jackie Howe Motel.
Mr Cassar and his son Jason from Cronulla, New South Wales, booked into the Centre Point Mid City Motor Inn on Friday night and didn’t think twice when their car alarm sounded in the quiet country town.
“We thought it was just the trucks going past. In the morning we were shocked to find it missing,” Mr Cassar said.
The thieves disconnected the alarm system and managed to move the car to the block of land behind the motor inn before being grounded by the rough terrain and were not able to start the car.
“I was in absolute shock,” Mr Cassar said, reflecting on how he felt before the car was located behind the motel.
“I was so sad I felt like someone had died.”
The father and son, who have both always been big Monaro fans said they felt lucky the thieves hadn’t managed to escape with their car.
Mr Cassar said the thieves went to a lot of trouble pushing the vehicle 500m and pulling out a fence post.
“Next time I do this I plan to sleep next to the car in a little two-man tent,” he joked.
It wasn’t all grim news, as more than 2000 people went to the showgrounds on Saturday to support the Monaro Nationals show and shine competition.
Event co-ordinator Karen Post said they had more admirers than expected checking out the display of muscle cars.