Luck and quick thinking recovers stolen truck

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The sharp eyes of two business employees led to the recovery of a stolen truck worth $100,000 in Penrith yesterday.

About 4pm on Friday, August 8, an Isuzu table-top truck with an attached mixing unit was stolen from a business on Panorama Road. The property was worth more than $100,000.

About 10.20am the next day, a Hitachi excavator, Case excavator, and freight trailer were stolen from Wedmore Street, Emu Heights.

About 1.10pm on Saturday, two male employees of the first business, aged 31 and 37, were driving on Coreen Avenue when they saw the stolen Isuzu truck travelling on westbound lanes.

The truck was towing the excavators stolen from Emu Heights.

When the 31-year-old employee signalled for the male driver of the truck to stop, he allegedly attempted to drive away.

Police have been told the Hitachi excavator nearly fell from the rear of the truck, preventing the driver from travelling further.

The two employees detained the 29-year-old driver and contacted police.

He was arrested and taken to Penrith Police Station, where he was charged with:

– Larceny (x4);
– Steal motor vehicle (x1);
– Goods in custody (x1); and
– Take and drive conveyance without consent of owner.

He was refused bail to appear at Parramatta Bail Court today.

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