The burnt-out shell of this stolen 4WD taken from the Jackie Howe Motel in Warwick earlier this month – pictured here on a highway camera towing a stolen trailer and Holden ute – was found this week at the Sunshine Coast.
The burnt-out shell of this stolen 4WD taken from the Jackie Howe Motel in Warwick earlier this month – pictured here on a highway camera towing a stolen trailer and Holden ute – was found this week at the Sunshine Coast.

Stolen 4WD torched in bushland

ONE vehicle involved in the collectable car heist at the Jackie Howe Motel earlier this month has been located, torched in bushland near the Sunshine Coast.

The historical car thefts included a white 1973 Holden ute perched on a trailer attached to a 1995 black Nissan station wagon, a purple 1971 XY GT Ford Falcon ute as well as the attempted theft of a blue 1973 Monaro HQ GTS from the Warwick Hotel after the Monaro Nationals at Morgan Park during September 4 and 5.

Jodie Johnson’s partner’s car was taken and said the burnt-out shell of the Nissan station wagon was found on Tuesday morning in bushland at Elimbah near Caboolture.

“It was found by friends who were four-wheel-driving through the bushland in the mud. They rang the owners and read out the chassis number and confirmed that it was their car and they then notified the police,” she said.

“The alleged thief took prides of joy that didn’t belong to him and cars that have been in the family probably for as long as he has had a licence.”

Caboolture Police are yet to confirm if the found vehicle was the one taken from the hotel.

The thief was captured on a highway camera towing the white 1973 Holden ute from Warwick to Brisbane. The white ute was found stripped with the stolen trailer after police searched a property near Caboolture. The GT Ford Falcon ute is yet to be found.

Beachmere man Andrew Duncan Munroe, 39, who faces seven charges, appeared at Caboolture Magistrates Court earlier this week charged with stealing the vehicles. Munroe was released on bail to re-appear at Caboolture on October 11.



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