A BALLARAT couple is distraught after a custom-made trailer containing tools worth thousands of dollars was stolen from outside their inner city home overnight Tuesday.
The black enclosed trailer was detached from the owner’s ute between 11.30pm Tuesday and 4.30am on Wednesday outside their Lydiard Street North home.
Remnants of the padlocks that fastened the trailer to the ute were found nearby between Chisholm and Macarthur streets.
Tools acquired by the 26-year-old trailer owner – who did not want to be named – throughout his apprenticeship were valued at almost $10,000.
The trailer is not insured.
“I’m distraught. I don’t know how we are going to make ends meet now."
The owner’s partner – who also did not want to be named – said she had been designing a logo for the trailer to advertise her partner’s new carpentry business.
“It’s going to be hard living off one wage for a little while, I think,” she said.
“I’m distraught. I don’t know how we are going to make ends meet now. You know, it’s hard.
“He finished his apprenticeship and we moved in together recently. We were saving for a house.”
She was baffled that such an incident would occur close to Ballarat’s central business district.
“It’s just not fair. We are just a young couple trying to make it work. It shouldn’t be happening in the centre of Ballarat,” she said.
“We never thought someone would be game enough to steal a trailer in the middle of town.”
The owner said he was awoken at 4.30am by a noise, before running outside to see his trailer had been stolen.
“I’m not in a great spot really. It’s hard to get work without tools,” he said.
“I’m going to have to buy some tools I need right now to get me through day to day.”
The custom-made trailer is black and features Eureka Trailer mudflaps.
If you have any information about this incident, contact Ballarat police station on 5336 6000 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.