Nothing ever prepares you for the early morning wake up call. Your heart sinks as you expect it to be family ringing with bad news. You can imagine my surprise when I answered the phone at 4am on the 24th May with the voice saying “its Constable so-n-so from Lake Illawarra Police”, he asked us various questions about our 4WD and its whereabouts. He went on to say that it was currently on fire at Dunmore.
Our Landcruiser had been stolen from out the front of our house, used a ATM ram-raid at a Kiama hotel before being ditched and burnt out….. Just great.
At first light we headed down to Swamp Rd in Dunmore where a most depressing site awaited us. Our 80 series Landcruiser was gutted, what was more depressing was the personal items that I’d lost. The glove box and console had so much trivial junk that is worthless to most and then there was the back of the car, only the weekend before I’d coordinated a 4WD course for SES and most of my recovery gear and 4x4 accessories were still in the car.