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A truck stolen from a sand quarry in Halden Rd last week was set on fire in state forest. Picture: West Swan Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade/Facebook

Sand quarry truck set on fire

A TRUCK stolen from a sand quarry in Bullsbrook last week was driven into state forest and then once it became bogged was set on fire.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) said on Wednesday, January 24 about 6.25am firefighters attended a bushfire, which resulted from the Caterpillar 740 dump truck being set alight.

A DFES spokeswoman said three crews from Ellenbrook Fire and Rescue Service and one from West Swan Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade attended and had the bushfire under control by 7.55am.

The incident is being investigated by WA Police.

A police spokeswoman said the offenders had entered a locked area and stolen the articulated dump truck.

“They drove the truck through bushland and along a fire break,’’ she said.

“About 2km from the location they stole the truck, they stopped and set the truck alight.’’

Stephen Elliott from Urban Resources said the dump truck had been stolen on Tuesday, January 23 about 11.30pm after the intruders had rammed the property gates.

Mr Elliott said the truck had been found bogged and burnt to the ground.

He said the property’s gates had been rammed and broken on three nights during the week.

The sand quarry on Halden Rd, which is off Warbrook Rd, is owned by Stefanelli Nominees (Stefanelli Nominees are part owners of Echo News) and Brajkovich Holdings.

WA Police want anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

By Anita McInnes

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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