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The car park sign at Lismore Airport, which boasts CCTV coverage. Photo: Dean Draper
The carpark sign at Lismore Airport, which boasts CCTV coverage. Photo: Dean Draper

A car belonging to a Doubtful Creek farmer and CSG activist was stolen from the secure parking area at Lismore Airport on Wednesday night. The thieves had to drive it through a fence to get away.

Dean Draper told Echonetdaily he didn’t think the theft was in any way related to his role in the community; at least eight other cars were targeted.

Mr Draper said, ‘they apparently smashed a window to gain access – there was a lot of glass on the ground – and they threw out the registration papers as they left’.

‘My friend’s car was parked near mine: it had its lock picked and a scissor blade was broken off in the ignition, so they’d obviously tried to take that first,’ he said.

‘What I did find strange is that the airport has has strong security fencing and strong security gate around three sides – but the back fence is a thin wire fence. The thieves apparently drove through the back fence,’ he added.

The car is a white 2004 Subaru Forester, registration ZCL 855. (More details below.)

The lightweight fence that thieves drove over in the stolen Subaru Forester. Photo: Dean Draper
The lightweight fence that thieves drove over in the stolen Subaru Forester. Photo: Dean Draper

Inspector Greg Kehoe of Richmond Local Area Command said at least eight other vehicles were broken into in the airport car park between 10 and 11pm on Wednesday.

They include a blue Nissan Pulsar, Mitsubishi Magna, Nissan Navara, Holden Commodore, Ford Falcon ute, Mitsubishi Triton ute, Toyota Yaris and Volkswagen sedan.

He added that investigations are continuing and police will look at any CCTV they are able to access. Anyone with any info to contact Lismore Police or Crime Stoppers.


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