WATCH: Staff wonder how thieves survived violent escape
EMPLOYEES are still in disbelief at the sight of a twisted, mangled fence where thieves rammed a stolen ute through the locked entrance of a Warwick business overnight.
Westbuilt Homes plumbing contractor Brian Bunch has "no idea" how the thieves didn't "get themselves killed" when they went crashing through the fence at "unthinkable" speeds.
"They've obviously just come flying through it, they are lucky they never killed themselves," Mr Bunch said.
"I mean if that metal rod had come through the windscreen it could have been the end of them."
Mr Bunch said the thieves "jumped the fence" of the business on Project St in Warwick's industrial estate and started up an unlocked ute that was kept on premises behind padlocked gates.
"They have taken off there - you can see the skid marks - and just charged through at some ungodly hour of the morning," he said.
"It's torn off the back of the ute and busted the radiator so they can't have gotten too far."
Outside the property, the road is littered with glass, debris, radiator fluid and skid marks from the dangerous escape.
Despite being mangled and wrecked, the chain and padlocks on the gate somehow remain unbroken.
Warwick police were contacted this morning are currently searching for the stolen vehicle.
"There is going to be a fair bit of damage to the front of the ute - the headlight will be smashed and there's going to be panel damage," Constable Brad Bennett said.
"It's a timely reminder for people to lock up their cars and take the keys out of their vehicles."
Police are searching for the vehicle and have appealed to the public to come forward with any information.
"If anyone has seen a white Toyota Hilux with damage to the front give us a call," Constable Bennett said.
Contact the Warwick Police on (07) 4660 4444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.