17 October 2011
Thieves target fencing in bizarre haul at Greater Springfield
One of the best tree-lined streets in Ipswich's eastern suburbs has had a facelift courtesy of brazen fly-by-night thieves who have stolen entire rows of fencing panels.
The 8 year old fences belong to St Augustine's Catholic College and developers of the new Parkway Green estate at Santa Monica Drive Augustine Heights.
Fifty-one panels of high quality fencing have disappeared down both sides of Santa Monica Drive in a theft which has left local residents baffled.
Local Division 2 Councillor Paul Tully said the theft of the fence panels appeared to be a highly-sophisticated operation.
"Santa Monica Drive is the main entry into Augustine Heights and the thieves would have needed a large truck and plenty of luck to steal the fence panels.
"This was not a five minute job."
Cr Tully said it was one of the most-bizarre thefts he had ever come across.
"Anyone who has witnessed a neighbour's new fence go up with second hand materials which might be related to this robbery should contact the police."
Cr Tully called on residents with any information to contact Springfield Police on 3814 8999.