LOW ACT: Mitch, Barry and Dubley, who were all clients affected by the car theft, stand near the cut fence. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIREAN ALBURY charity worker was “saddened” when he discoveredone of the organisation’scars had been stolen.
The red FordMaverick, which has since been recovered, was used by Kalianna Enterprises to transport people with a disability andfrail aged people around the Border.
A skills program at a farm will be shut down for aweek until the car is inspected.
Senior officerStephen Lynch said it wasa “kick in the teeth” to have the car stolen in the first place.
“Idon’t get the mentality of people who steal from a charitable organisation, which is not-for-profit,” he said.
“It saddens you that people can’t see thatsomeone with a disability or the frail aged aren’t worthy of having the best we can provide for them.
“People here work hard,long hours for not a lot of money, lots arevolunteers.
“We had to pay for repairs to the fence twice in three days, because peoplebroke in Saturday and stole tools from our workshop which maintainthe vehicles.”
Perpetratorscut the fence and drove the vehicleout of the Sackville Street premises between 5pm Monday and 10am Tuesday.
It was foundTuesday afternoon with the number plates missing on Centaur Road.
Mr Lynch said they had intended to sell the car to help pay for newer vehicles.
He said Kalianna would now looking at implementing a night security patrol, which would be an additional cost to the charity.
Out of pocket insurance expenses were also another unwanted payment.
“The car was used just on Monday to drive clients to a skills program at a farm,” Mr Lynch said.
“Theyused it to tow a trailer full of gravel to make a garden area.
“Our fleet transportsclients, who do laundry andgarden maintenance, as part of the Kalcrew which helps develop skills.”
With changes under the NDIS, the organisation had been fundraising to modernise its fleet to make it more reliable andsafe.
Albury police are still investigating the theft and urged anyonewith information to call(02) 6023 9299.
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