COMING HOME: This distinctive yellow 1985 Toyota Hilux was stolen from the carpark at Maryborough’s Station Square this week, but was found yesterday, minus wheels. INSET: The vehicle’s owners Neville and Rosalie Flinn.
COMING HOME: This distinctive yellow 1985 Toyota Hilux was stolen from the carpark at Maryborough’s Station Square this week, but was found yesterday, minus wheels. INSET: The vehicle’s owners Neville and Rosalie Flinn. Contributed

Car stolen from Maryborough found in Gympie

NEVILLE Flinn thought no one would ever be silly enough to steal his distinctive yellow 1985 model Toyota Hilux.

But when he walked out of Maryborough's Station Square earlier this week, the car was nowhere to be seen.

Thankfully, the Tinana man was told yesterday his much-loved car had been found in Gympie.

A police spokesman said the vehicle was found dumped near a laundromat, but as of yesterday afternoon, no charges had been laid.

It was minus its large wheels, specialised rims and its stereo, but Mr Flinn said he was just relieved that it hadn't been torched and he was essentially getting it back in one piece.

The car is Mr Flinn's pride and joy. He bought it new in February 1985 and the vehicle is part of the family.

When it was stolen, Mr Flinn's son Rex shared photos of the Hilux across social media and it was someone who had seen the car on Facebook who alerted police to where it had been dumped.

The Criminal Investigation Unit still had the car in order to collect evidence, Mr Flinn said, but he is hopeful of getting his car returned today. His insurance should cover the wheels and other items the thieves stole.

Mr Flinn described the theft of the vehicle as "bold and brazen" considering it was taken in broad daylight at a crowded carpark - not to mention the fact that the colour of his vehicle was incredibly distinctive.

"Who in their right mind would take that vehicle?" he said.

Mr Flinn said it was good to know his vehicle would soon be home.



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