by Chris Tobin
A damp and disappointing start to the cricket season was made worse by an audacious theft at the South Canterbury Cricket Association’s Aorangi Park headquarters in Timaru.
Thieves broke into the association’s locked shed housing mowers and other equipment and drove away in a Polaris Ranger vehicle that cost $12,000 when it was bought three years ago.
“It’s not used much over the winter but when you don’t have it, you realise how handy it is,” the association’s chief executive Mark Medlicott said.
The association’s groundsman used the vehicle to carry equipment and tow the boundary rope.
“The athletics club use it as well, to shift hurdles and sprint blocks.”
The theft occurred early on Friday, October 11 when the vehicle was caught on security cameras being driven out of the park at 4.02am.
It has not been seen since.
“We thought it might be someone going on a joyride but it could have been stolen to order,” Mr Medlicott said.
He wondered if the incident was related to four chainsaws being stolen from storage sheds at the Pleasant Point Museum and Railway and the theft of liquor from the Timaru Town and Country Club over the weekend of October 12 and 13.
A toolkit was also stolen from the cricket association’s shed.
The Polaris Ranger was insured.