Doug Benson with grandchildren Karissa Benson, Dylan Haliday, Tahlia Benson, Brianna Haliday, Casey Styles and Jack Benson. Inset: The missing trailer.
Doug Benson with grandchildren Karissa Benson, Dylan Haliday, Tahlia Benson, Brianna Haliday, Casey Styles and Jack Benson. Inset: The missing trailer. Renee Pilcher

Holiday home wreckers

DOUG Benson thought about 50m of noisy gravel driveway and closed gates at the end would be enough protection for the camper trailer he had packed up, ready for a school holiday weekend with the grandchildren.

Yesterday, he was grateful he had not packed everything he had planned to take with him.

He woke this morning to find the beautiful and unique aluminium camper trailer had been stolen from his Groundwater Rd yard overnight.

"We think they moved the timber lawn edging and rolled it down the grass, so it wouldn't make any noise.

"Then they must have pushed it to a waiting car.

"We're going to chain everything to trees now," he said.

While it may not seem ideal weather for camping, Mr Benson was relying on forecast fine weekend weather to make for a fun adventure with his six grandchildren.

He says the trailer is unique in some respects and is not the sort of thing that would just appear suddenly at somebody's place.

"Somebody must have seen something suspicious," he said hopefully.

"About two or three nights ago, a neighbour came home late and saw two blokes running towards a white flatbed utility.

"We can't say that they did it, but it does seem that somebody was waiting for us (to load it up with as much camping gear as possible).

"We can only assume they watched and waited for us to get it ready.

"We had the stove on board and food. I'm trying to make a list of it now," Mr Benson said.

Gympie Times


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