Arsonists destroy vehicles

ARSONISTS have left a trail of destruction in a shocking rampage across the Coffs Coast.

Police are doubling their efforts to find those responsible for stealing and torching one vehicle and setting fire to another.

The offenders set their sights on a blue 2002 Kia van parked outside a mechanical workshop in Coffs Harbour’s June Street on Wednesday night.

They stole the people mover some time after 5pm and headed south to Sawtell.

They dumped the vehicle in a carpark at the isolated Micks Retreat and set it alight before fleeing the scene.

A local man who was going for an evening stroll saw the car on fire just after 8pm and raised the alarm, but fire crews were unable to save the vehicle.

The other incident happened on the Orara Way also overnight on Wednesday. A Glenreagh man, 35, left his broken down white 2000 Kia tabletop ute parked on the side of the road about eight kilometres south of Glenreagh.

He returned at 7am yesterday with a mechanic and a trailer to remove the vehicle, but was shocked to discover someone had smashed a window and torched the vehicle, which was gutted in the attack.

Elsewhere, louts smashed the back window of a black 2008 Mercedes parked in Coffs Harbour’s West High Street on Wednesday afternoon.

They rummaged through the boot, but fled empty-handed some time between 1pm and 4pm.

If you have information about these incidents, contact Coffs Harbour police on 6652 0299 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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