MAY 2020


Coronavirus lockdown ruins bid by crooks
to steal handicapped man's caravan

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POLICE believe the coronavirus lockdown thwarted the efforts of heartless caravan thieves in Western Australia.

The crooks stole an 83-year-old man's wheelchair-friendly Kedron from his farm near Merredin in the Wheatbelt.

But they soon discovered they could not travel far because of police check points on the Great Eastern Highway, introduced as part of intrastate travel restrictions to prevent the spread of the deadly COVID-19.

Instead, they camouflaged the ATV pop-top in thick shrubbery on bushland near Bodalin about 60 kilometres away intending, it is thought, to collect it when things had quietened down.

Its owner Alan Charleston, 83, bought the $20,000 Kedron this year with a dream of travelling around Australia.

Southern Cross locals found his caravan after the theft was reported on Facebook and in the media.

Southern Cross Police officer-in-charge Sergeant Dave Thirlwell said the caravan was later returned to a grateful Mr Charleston.

 "This is a positive result from what can be achieved from social media in the community," he said.


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