THIEVES have crept into a Thurgoona estate to steal fencing that had been delivered to a property just one day earlier.
Peter Courtney lost $2000 worth of Colorbond fencing from his Somerset Rise estate property when it were stolen from outside his house at roughly 2am on Sunday morning.
Mr Courtney had taken delivery of the fencing during the week, and planned to install it on Sunday.
“It's pretty disappointing that it's happened, but there's not a whole lot I can do about it now,” he said.
“You wouldn't have thought there would be much reason to steal something like that.”
All the sheets, posts and screws for the new fence were taken after post holes had been dug for them on Saturday.
Making matters worse for Mr Courtney was the fact that Saturday night was the first night spent in his new home.
Given the Somerset Rise estate is still in the early stages of development, Mr Courtney said he held some concern that properties in the area could become easy pickings for light-fingered visitors.
“It is a bit of a worry because it's so quiet,” he said.
“It'd be nice if they put up a security camera near the entrance like they have at some other new estates – it might help us get stuff back.”
Mr Courtney has reported the theft to Albury police.
“I didn't wake up until I heard a a four-wheel-drive with a trailer start up and drive away,” he said.
“It seems like they must have seen it there and taken it while they could, especially since it had only been there for a day or two.
“They must have seen it being dropped off or something.”
All that was left by the thieves were two black bands used to hold the sheets together.
Luckily for Mr Courtney, his mates have come to the rescue.
Thurgoona butchers Mastercut Meats are raffling a $150 meat tray to help contribute funds for new fencing.
“I'm really thankful for all those guys helping me out,” Mr Courtney said.
“Otherwise I would have had to wait until I saved up another $2000.”