Monday, March 01, 2010

Police Search for Stolen Tilt Tray Racetrack Truck

NSW Police News

Inquiries continue into the theft of a tilt tray truck responsible for rescuing some of Australia’s leading race drivers after it all went wrong on the track.

Strike Force Rodlee, comprising police from the Shoalhaven Local Area Command Target Action Group, are seeking public help to find the stolen white 1978 D5N Dodge Tilt Tray truck.

The truck was a show piece used at a number of race events including: Gold Coast Indy (2007-08), Bathurst 500 (2008), Phillip Island and the last V8 race day at Oran Park (2009).

The truck was used at Indy and Bathurst picking up V8 race cars off the tracks. It was similarly used on the other raceways.

It is believed the truck has a replacement value of $70,000 and was stolen in late 2009 from the Loftus area.

Police believe the truck was stored at a property in the Berry (NSW) area where it was partially stripped.

The truck was transported to another location, possibly on the South Coast of NSW or in the Queanbeyan area.

Shoalhaven LAC Target Action Group Sergeant Steve Edwards said the truck is a ‘one-off”.

“It is almost exclusively used during national motor vehicle race meetings and up until the time it was stolen was a regular sight at most major racing circuits around the country,” Sergeant Edwards said.

“The truck is fitted with a purpose built aluminium tilt/slide tray and is sign-written with contact details for a southern Sydney towing service.

Any person with information about the truck should contact Nowra Police on (02) 4421 9699 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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