Vandals ruin young man's pride and joy

By CRAIG McTEAR

MITCHELL Sutton had spent most of the year, and his savings, doing up his pride and joy and was ready to roll it out this weekend.

But thieves have put an end to that in a blatant act of bastardry, leaving the 17-year-old heartbroken.

The first-year mechanic had his 1994 Toyota Hilux ute in the yard of his father's sheetmetal fabrication business in Coffs Harbour's Keona Circuit.

But overnight on Wednesday, intruders scaled the fence and stripped the chrome front end from the vehicle.

As if that wasn't bad enough, they also used a screwdriver to wreak havoc on the panels.

"They got the front, you'd think they'd be happy enough with that," his dad, Rob, said.

"Mitchell discovered it the next day and he was devastated.

"I'd given him the old ute and he'd saved up all his dough to give it a new front end, a full re-spray and a new motor. We reckon he's spent up to $6000 on it.

"They've caused about $2000 in damage. He'll have to get it re-sprayed.

"I was pretty upset too when he came and told me. I mean, the money he's put in and the effort. Luckily, they didn't jump on it."

The Suttons reported the raid to Coffs Harbour police, who have since fingerprinted the vehicle.

If you saw suspicious activity in Keona Circuit overnight on Wednesday, contact Coffs Harbour Police Station on 6652 0299, or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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