Brazen Burglary Hits Warragul
A brazen burglary has devastated the Community College Gippsland community over the weekend.
Thieves made off with more than $185,000 worth of items, including a bus, ute, quad bike, tools, equipment, training resources and cash from the Warragul Campus.
Many of the stolen items were used for hands-on learning, leaving trainers without the tools needed to deliver classes to their students while they wait for the police investigation and insurance claims to be finalised, or items to be recovered.
Community College Gippsland CEO, Dale Gemmell, said that the loss was heartbreaking.
“This violation of our safe space and disruption to our students’ learning is very upsetting,” Mr Gemmell said. “But rest assured, we are determined and resilient. We won’t let this crime stop us from the important work of transforming lives through learning.”
Mr Gemmell said that the organisation was particularly saddened to lose items that had been achieved through donations from the local community.
“As a not-for-profit organisation, we exist to serve our community and they have always backed us to support our students through financial and equipment donations,” he said. “We are very sorry to report that some of these treasured items have now been lost to this crime.
“We hope that the community will rally around us again now and provide any support that they can. That might mean keeping an eye out for the stolen items, reporting anything you hear about the theft, or even choosing to make a donation if they are in a position to do so. We are so grateful to everyone for their care and encouragement.”
Physical donations of tools and equipment can be arranged by calling 5622 6000. Financial donations can be made in person, or securely online. As a registered charity, all donations over $2 are tax deductible.
Organisation Vehicles and Tools:
- Isuzu DMax SX Extended Cab MY17 2017 Tipper 4×4 Rego 1KF2YZ
- Renault Master Bus DCI150 2016 Rego 1HW1IW – recovered by Police; damaged
- Ubeaut Tandem Trailer 7000kg Rego W43153
- Quad Bike Yamaha Kodiak 400 2009 YFM400FAS
- Kubota RTV400C1-A : Serial 15712
- Gerni Poseidon PE Pressure Washer
- Petrol Generator
- Stihl4 Petrol Pole Saw
- Stihl HS45 Petrol Hedger
- Stihl Petrol Blower
- Ferrex 6in1 Petrol Tool
- Gardenline 60099 51.7cc 2 Stroke Petrol Backpack Blower
- Ryobi Battery Chainsaw
- Ryobi Battery Hedger
- Ryobi Battery Line Trimmer
- Ryobi Battery Charger and 2 Batteries
- 10 x AEG Battery Drills
- 10 X AEG Battery Impact Drivers
- 20 x AEG 18v Batteries
- 10 x AEG 18v Battery Chargers
- 2 x AEG Orbital Sanders
- 2 x AEG Battery Planer
- 1 x AEG Battery Rip Saw
- 1 x AEG 5” Battery Grinder
- 2 x Hitachi Jigsaw
- 2 x Ryobi 18v Battery Router Trimmer
- 1 x Ryobi Plung Router
- 1 x Ryobi Belt Sander
- 1 x Ryobi Band Saw
- 1 x Ryobi Scroll Saw
- 1 x Soldering Iron
- 1 x Wood Burning Iron
- 3 x Butane Torches
- EFTpos Machine
- Hair products, including colours, peroxides, shampoo, conditioner and treatments
- Hair tools, including hairdryer, clippers and styling tools