Owner witnesses alleged dog thieves in act

SUSPICIOUS: A utility similar to this, with a home-made cage in the back, was seen at a property north of Caboolture targeted by suspected dog thieves.
SUSPICIOUS: A utility similar to this, with a home-made cage in the back, was seen at a property north of Caboolture targeted by suspected dog thieves. Contributed

A RESIDENT of Caboolture's northern outskirts has warned pet owners to beware of dog thieves after witnessing what she believes was a brazen attempt to coax her rottweiler from her yard.

Deborah Packard initially thought the two men at her front gate yesterday morning were Jehovah's Witness door-to-door preachers.

But when she saw them gesturing to her dog to come and noticed an open cage on the back of a utility parked on the roadside, she realised they may have had an ulterior motive.

Mrs Packard thought it was strange when she noticed a white utility drive to the end of the cul-de-sac where she and her husband live in the Markwell Rd area, between Elimbah and Moodlu, just before 11am.

"No-one comes down here unless they're coming into one of the houses," said.

She said the ute drove back up the road, and then returned, before parking near her letterbox, and two men then walked to the gate.

"To be quite honest, I thought they were Jehovah's Witnesses. They were very, very well dressed," she said.

"One of them, he was dressed like a cowboy. He had a long-sleeved white shirt on with a black waistcoat and a thin black tie, and a big cowboy hat and dark sunglasses.

"The second man, he was dressed like Steve Irwin - all khaki, khaki shirt, short-sleeves, long pants, sunnies and a baseball cap. He was the tallest of the two."

Mrs Packard watched as one of the men tapped on the fencepost, kicked the gate and rang a bell that is usually there for visitors.

"The other bloke was hanging over the gate, making hand movements as if to get the dog to come to the gate, and then the other man started doing that," she said.

Mrs Packard said the utility parked outside had a home-made cage, made from what appeared to be fencing materials, taking up all of the back.

"The gate was wide open on the truck as if it was ready for them to throw the dog in," she said.

Mrs Packard watched from a window hoping her rottweiler, who was outside, would resist the temptation to go to the gate.

"I don't know why but she just lay as still as anything. Never, never moved, not a bit," she said.

Mrs Packard said the men got back in the ute and drove off after a few minutes.

Her adult son attempted to follow the utility and managed to get a good look at the vehicle and its registration plate before it sped off.

The utility was described as an a battere all white 1994 Ford Courier dual cab or similar and the homemade cage, big enough to hold a number of dogs at the same time, was made of metal diamond grill panels in a similar battered white to the ute.

Mrs Packard has reported the matter to Caboolture police but said the vehicle had been sighted in other streets after leaving her address.

"It's scary," she said.


Rottweilers Suffa and Boss have been missing from North Arm since April 21.
Rottweilers Suffa and Boss have been missing from North Arm since April 21. Contributed

The vehicle description is not dissimilar to that seen by a Glasshouse Mountains resident who believes two men attempted to attempted to steal his dogs at night about two months ago.

He described the vehicle as a white Ford utility with drop sides and said he had heard of a dark Nissan Patrol-type utility also hanging around.

A white utility was also seen on the day two rottweilers inexplicably went missing from a property at North Arm on April 21.

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