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Ute in ram-raid By Brendan Rees Police believe a ute stolen from Cranbourne South was used in two local ram-raids early on Friday morning. Police say the grey 2013 Ford Ranger was stolen sometime between 11pm on 2 September and 5am on 3 September, during a residential burglary on Sweet Wattle Drive, Cranbourne South. Two men are alleged to have broken into Pearcedale Hardware after ripping the front doors off the BaxterTooradin Road store, using a fourwheel drive, just after 2am. The men then entered the store and allegedly stole a number of items which included whipper-snippers, blower vacs and chainsaws. Owner of Pearcedale Hardware store Adrian Scialpi said his store was extensively damaged, with the bill tipped to top $7000. “We are really, really disappointed at the damage that they caused in the shop. Not only what they stole, but the damage was quite extensive,” he said, adding a door frame was ripped from the rear brick wall. “They’ve ruined doors. They’ve ruined stock fixtures. We’ll probably have to write off about $2000 worth of stock because now it’s unsaleable. And that’s on top of a couple of thousand dollars’ worth of stock they’ve actually stolen - mainly power tools and power gardening. “The mess that they made in the store was incredible. A lot of the shelving they tipped over to break-in was full of paints and varnishes and they’ve hit the deck and exploded." Mr Scialpi said a lot of stock was coated in varnish and would have to be thrown in the dumpster. “We’re going to have to write it all off. It wasn’t a nice thing to get woken up with in the middle of the night.” Continued page 3

We work our guts out to make a living and these guys with absolutely no regard just do what they do.

Pearcedale Hardware store owner Adrian Scialpi with some of the stock that has to be thrown out Picture: Gary SISSONS after his store was ram-raided. 173251

Investigators have released images of two men they believe may be able to assist with their inquiries.173253 Picture: CONTRIBUTED

The thieves were fast and furious. 173253 Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Police believe the stolen vehicle may be bearing stolen plates ACD-798 and have released an image in the hope someone recognises it and may be able to provide information on its Picture: CONTRIBUTED whereabouts.173253

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News - Cranbourne - 28th September 2017  
News - Cranbourne - 28th September 2017