A NANNEELLA farmer has lost thousands of dollars in equipment and tools after his ute was stolen overnight.
Paul Geltch woke up about 6.30am Tuesday to find his 2015 Mazda BT-50 ute missing from his Fletcher Rd farm.
‘‘Initially I thought my partner had moved it but then realised it was stolen,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s a pretty horrible feeling. I only bought it about three, four months ago and all my stuff was in it.’’
Inside the ute was about $2000 worth of drip irrigation equipment, as well as power tools and his wallet containing his work and personal credit cards.
‘‘They haven’t been used from what I can see,’’ Mr Geltch said.
He said his vehicle was unlocked and the keys were inside.
‘‘Usually I go in and out and if the irrigation had have stopped I would have gone out there,’’ he said.
‘‘I didn’t even hear anything and usually I’m a pretty light sleeper.’’
Mr Geltch has reported the theft to Echuca police who are investigating.
‘‘I just want it back,’’ he said.
The ute, registration 1MM3QH, is worth about $38,000.
If you have seen the ute or have any information about the theft, contact Echuca police on 5483 1500.