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Retiree left shaken

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May 02, 2018

Gary Barnard was visibly shaken at a press conference held by police in Nathalia yesterday.

The blue 1931 Ford V8 Hot Rod Tourer Tudor which was stolen from a garage on Lawford St, Barmah last Friday

The blue 1931 Ford V8 Hot Rod Tourer Tudor which was stolen from a garage on Lawford Street, Barmah last Friday

A Barmah retiree is devastated by the theft of his precious 1930s hot rod.

The blue 1931 Ford V8 Hot Rod Tourer Tudor was stolen from the garage of his Lawford St home on Friday between 5.30pm and 10.30pm.

The car is easily recognisable and has Victorian club registration plates — 02301M.

Police believe a car trailer may have been used in the theft.

Owner Gary Barnard was visibly distraught at a police press conference in Nathalia yesterday.

‘‘We’ve had information that a light blue Holden Commodore sedan was seen in the Barmah area (on) Friday morning acting suspiciously,’’ Detective Senior Constable Bree George, of the Cobram Crime Investigation Unit, said.

‘‘We’re still unsure if this vehicle is related to the burglary at this stage.

‘‘The victim is extremely upset, it was his pride and joy ... Police are confident we’ll be able to find and return this car especially with the community’s help in this matter. It’s a unique car and I believe someone has seen it.’’

Mr Barnard was stunned by the loss of the car, which he had owned for less than a year.

The car cost $75000, and Mr Barnard spent $10000 on upgrades and repairs.

The loss is hard hitting, following the loss of his wife to cancer in 2015. He only recently moved to the Barmah area to retire.

An $8000 Minelab metal detector and Stihl Husqvarna chainsaw were also taken.

Anyone with information which could lead to the return of Mr Barnard’s vehicle is urged to contact the nearest police station or call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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