Tractor theft ‘likely made to order’

THIEVES have stolen tractors valued at more than $250,000 from two businesses in Cobram.

The thefts occurred at Murray Goulburn Water and Cobram Farm Equipment between noon Saturday and 2.30pm Sunday.

Detective Sen-Constable Jason Williams said there was no security footage or witnesses to the thefts, so public assistance was vital.

“The two tractors have a combined value in excess of $250,000,” he said.

“Both had specialist aftermarket accessories attached.

“Police believe the tractors have been loaded onto one or two trucks for transport.

“The nature of the offence suggests the tractors were possibly stolen to order, and their final destination could be far reaching.”

Sen-Constable Williams said the machines could be a “considerable distance from the Cobram area”.

A red McCormac CX90 with a green Munro pole driving attachment was taken from Murray Goulburn Water.

A red Massey Ferguson tractor with a bucket attachment was stolen from Cobram Farm Equipment.

Sen-Constable Williams information could be provided anonymously.

“The recovery of the equipment is paramount at this stage,” he said.

Wodonga police are also seeking information after a $10,000 theft from a rural property.

Officers believe the Rapseys Road home at Bonegilla was targeted between 7pm on June 29 and 11am on June 30 and followed an earlier burglary.

“Numerous items were taken from the premises, including electronic gardening equipment and items of interest from the victim’s shed,” Detective acting Sergeant Ian Deverell said.

“The value of the burglary is approximately $10,000.

“It’s believed the offender, or offenders, had knowledge of the layout of the premises.

“We’re seeking information from the public who may have seen a person or persons around the Rapseys Road area in that period.”