Thieves' night of mayhem
POLICE are investigating who stole and torched two motor vehicles from separate homes at Corindi Beach early yesterday.
Residents woke to find the car thieves had left a trail of destruction through the streets of the village.
Driving recklessly through the town in the stolen 4WDs, the offenders ripped up the town’s playing fields before setting the vehicles on fire and fleeing on foot.
Police and fire crews arrived at the crown reserve off Matthews Parade and Kelly Street to find the vehicles well alight at 3.20am.
It appears one 4WD was set on fire and flames quickly spread to the other.
Police said a resident in Burns Crescent was woken at 1.45am after he heard a loud bang outside his home.
Peering out of the bedroom window he saw that thieves had broken into his garage and were inside his 1993 Toyota Landcruiser in the driveway.
Police said the man saw a youth trying to load a push bike into the tray of the landcruiser.
The owner ran through the house and disturbed the thieves who dropped the bicycle in the driveway making their getaway in the stolen vehicle.
Moments earlier the other vehicle, a Toyota Hilux, belonging to NSW Forestry has been stolen from outside a Rock Red Road home.
It’s believed four to five persons may have been involved in the crimes.
As part of their investigations, police yesterday visited houses in Corindi Beach and Red Rock and inquiries are continuing.
The torchings are the latest in a string of recent car thefts in the Corindi Beach, Red Rock and Woolgoolga areas.