Wayne Dean is hoping his stolen trailer is returned.
Wayne Dean is hoping his stolen trailer is returned. Renee Pilcher

Tradie gutted by theft of trailer

TRADESMAN Wayne Dean needs his stolen specially-modified trailer back to run his business.

It may have been "borrowed" and in that case, Mr Dean will be happy to turn a blind eye if it suddenly shows up. And it may, as this is no average-looking trailer.

No matter what thieves do to it, Mr Dean will know his trailer.

Worth $4500 second-hand, the specially modified trailer is an integral part of Mr Dean's operations at Cooloola Sail Company. Gold in colour, with racks welded to the frame at the front and rear to carry shade sail posts, this large trailer is easily recognisable.

Without it he is "stuffed", to put it mildly. He requires a long, large trailer to deliver steel posts for the construction of custom-made shade sails.

Fortunately a friend has loaned him a temporary replacement.

It is the first random theft experienced by the Dean family in their 40-odd years of living in the house, near the Normanby Remembrance Park, Southside.

Mr Dean was dozing off on Monday night when he heard the trailer being towed away at 9.30pm.

He watched a four-wheel drive tow his trailer over Normanby Bridge and up Inglewood (Hill) Rd, but could not make out the type of vehicle.

"I would guess it to be a couple of young guys in a six cylinder cruiser or patrol with a big exhaust," he said.

"I could still hear and see them as they went up Inglewood Hill and down towards Monkland shop."

Police are investigating a series of suspicious calls about the trailer received by Mr Dean on Monday.

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