Lock car doors, warn Border police after fourth vehicle torched

FOR the fourth time in a fortnight, a vehicle has been stolen, taken on a joyride then set alight and dumped on the Border.

On Tuesday afternoon a silver Ford Falcon was taken from a William Street, Wodonga address then gutted by fire at the bank of the Wodonga Creek.

Earlier the same day, Albury and Wodonga fire crews had been called out to a Toyota Yaris engulfed in flames near a branch of the Murray River at Bonegilla Island.

Last week Wodonga firefighters put out a utility on fire near the corner of Rapseys and McIntoshs roads and a silver VT Commodore in Boyes Road, Baranduda.

There were also a further two car thefts on the Border during the fortnight.

Detective Acting Sgt Ian Deverell said there was no evidence to say the thefts were linked, but a pattern was emerging as the thefts became more frequent.

“Some of the people don’t have insurance and it has a large impact on victims and their families,” he said.

Acting Sgt Deverell said police on both sides of the Border were sharing information in an effort to catch those responsible leading to the arrest of a couple of Wodonga youths.

He warned people to lock their car doors and properties at night.

Anyone with information should phone detectives on (02) 6049 2700 or Crime Stoppers.

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