Fuel siphoners on loose

Celeste McIver and daughter Amelia-Mae Gilcrist, 12 weeks, with the damaged car. Picture: JOHN RUSSELL

Celeste McIver and daughter Amelia-Mae Gilcrist, 12 weeks, with the damaged car. Picture: JOHN RUSSELL

A MOTHER-of-two is among six victims left with an empty petrol tank after a spate of fuel thefts across southern Wodonga.

Detectives were yesterday investigating two overnight petrol thefts in Cambourne Park Estate, including one from mum Celeste McIvor.

It comes after four other incidents in southern Wodonga over the past fortnight, including cars parked in Avondale Drive, Fenwick Court and Hogan Court.

Police believe all the siphoning cases are linked and are asking residents to be vigilant.

Detective Sen-Constable Justin Foots said the public could hold the key to solving the crimes.

“We need residents to call police when the crime is happening,” Sen-Constable Foots said.

Ms McIver and another resident of Hogan Court were hit and Ms McIver was furious.

“What if there had been an emergency and I needed to take my kids to the hospital?” she said.

“They don’t think when they do these things.”

Ms McIver said her partner heard the dogs barking on the night of the theft, which was about a fortnight ago.

“He heard the dogs barking but they could have been barking at anything,” she said.

“When he went to work in the morning he saw the fuel cap was open and discovered the petrol had been siphoned.

“It was only a quarter of a tank full, but there was bugger all left.”

Ms McIver said a screwdriver was used to prise open the fuel cap.

“You can see where they have used the screwdriver, there are scratches all over the fuel cap,” she said.

Ms McIver moved to the area three months ago, thinking it would be a safe neighbourhood.

“You just never know,” she said.

“Hopefully someone has some information and they find whoever is responsible.”

Sen-Constable Foots said all the cars targeted had been parked in the front of houses.

Anyone with information can contact detectives on (02) 6049 2700.

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