Local club ‘gutted’ by robbery

A SMALL community sports club is devastated after thieves stole more than $10,000 worth of equipment.
Nanjing Night Net

This week was meant to be a happy time for the Limestone Coast Remote Control Motor Car Club after they successfully hosted the first State titles conducted outside Adelaide.

Club secretary Mic Bellman said members were on a high following the titles event, but that that feeling was gone now.

“It was a pretty big high after pulling off the titles,” he said.

“It (the robbery) has left us gutted.”

When it came time to clean up after the event, members of the club came out to the Doolans Road track to find the shipping container housing their equipment opened and the gear gone.

The padlock had been cut.

Club president Michael Overland was in shock at the discovery.

“It’s pretty hard to believe in a small community that this could happen,” he said. “I just don’t know – (we have) just got to get on with it and work towards replacing it.”

Among the items stolen were two AMB timing decoders worth about $4000 apiece, two laptops, a PA amplifier, a 46-inch television monitor, a couple of fire extinguishers, an esky full of soft drinks and other items used to run race meets.

Most were owned by the club but some were the property of Kincraig Motors.

Baffling the club is the fact that the merchandise is practically useless to anyone not in the remote control racing game.

“It’s a very niche market for this gear, it’s only valuable to a RC club – no-one else,” Mr Overland said.

“It’d be very hard to sell.”

He said it had taken the club some time to get the gear.

“It has taken us years and years to acquire these assets that are needed to run proper events,” he said.

“To have that stripped from us is debilitating.”

Now the rebuild will start.

“We do have some insurance – that covers some of it,” he said.

“There’s a little bit of stuff not covered by the insurance so we’ll just have to work towards replacing it.”

Members hope the club will be back on its feet soon but Mr Overland was not so sure.

“It could be six months, it could be a couple of years,” he said.

He ruled out the club being able to run the State titles next year and said the running of other events later this year would be affected.

“We’re meant to be running a round of the tri-series later this year,” he said.

“It’s going to mean borrowing from other clubs and scraping every cent together that we can to get the facility back up to scratch.

“It’s going to be a real hard task to get back to where we were.”

Naracoorte police said the theft was believed to have occurred between 10am on April 22 and 1.30 on April 25, and urged any witnesses to contact them.

Limestone Coast Remote Control Motor Car Club president Michael Overland (left, holding daughter Matilda) and secretary Mic Bellman stand in front of the small office which housed the electronics used to run race events.

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