By Meg Kennedy
Over $10,000 worth of equipment has been stolen and damaged at the Parks Victoria Depot in Bacchus Marsh, creating potentially dangerous setbacks for workers.
The discovery was made on the morning of Monday, 8 January, where on the weekend prior at least one person stole $10,000 worth of chainsaws, as well as ransacking vehicles – stealing fuel cards, GPS units and vehicle keys.
As a result, vehicle ignitions had to be changed, costing another $5,000.
It is believed those involved cut through the back fence of the Bacchus St. depot, disabled the alarm system and broke into the fire shed.
Ranger in Charge, Fire and Emergency Management Richard Adams said the depot’s lack of fire-fighting equipment could be a danger to both the crew and the local community.
“In the worst case, if there was a local fire, we wouldn’t have the vehicles to respond. Particularly the tanker, which is our main way of responding to a bushfire,” said Mr Adams.
“A lot of our response work requires the use of chainsaws to take care of burning trees, removing hazardous trees, and clearing fire breaks.
“Without that equipment, we just can’t do that,” he said.
Local police undertook a scene examination, and the case is currently under investigation.
See something? Say something – Bacchus Marsh police 5366 4500 or Crimestoppers 1800 333 000