Shameful act: Two CFA vehicles allegedly stolen

POLICE are hunting an unknown number of offenders after the alleged theft of two CFA vehicles from the District 18 headquarters in Swan Hill. 

CFA staff have branded the burglary as "disappointing", after one car was found torched across the border in New South Wales and the second abandoned and damaged at Dead Horse Lane in Swan Hill. 

CFA staff have branded the burglary of their Swan Hill district headquarters "disappointing", after one car was torched and the second was found abandoned and damaged at Dead Horse Lane in Swan Hill. Picture: CAITLIN McARTHUR

CFA staff have branded the burglary of their Swan Hill district headquarters "disappointing", after one car was torched and the second was found abandoned and damaged at Dead Horse Lane in Swan Hill. Picture: CAITLIN McARTHUR

Police said the incident was believed to have occurred during the Easter long weekend, between April 18 and 8am on April 20.

Offenders are said to have gained access to the Curlewis Street building, rummaging through the office before stealing two vehicles from the address. 

Both were white coloured Holden sedans, bearing government registration plates. 

Staff were only alerted to the theft on Saturday morning, after the first vehicle was discovered torched in NSW. 

The second vehicle was located on Monday. 

CFA District 18 operations manager John Breaks told The Guardian staff at the headquarters were "stumped" at the actions of offenders, but added it was "business as usual", with services to remain unaffected. 

"It happened sometime between Thursday and Saturday morning, we became aware on Saturday morning that one of the vehicles was stolen and found burnt out in New South Wales," Mr Breaks said. 

"When we came in to the office to investigate, we found one of the other vehicles was missing and the office had been broken into."

Mr Breaks said police were investigating how the offenders gained access to the premises, with no obvious sign of forced entry. 

The operations manager said this was the first time the headquarters had been targeted. 

"We have never had any security issues before, so it has come to us as a bit of a surprise," Mr Breaks said. 

"It is disappointing, for anywhere to have a burglary, but particularly emergency services, we are here to serve the community."

Mr Breaks said there was some damage to the second vehicle, but the theft had not impacted on the operations of the headquarters. 

"It is still business as usual, the vehicles that were taken were two transport vehicles, so they are predominantly used for administrative tasks or for our community safety people to go out and deliver community safety events," he said. 

"We have other work around in place and other vehicles have been provided to us as loaners." 

Aside from expressing disappointment at being targeted, Mr Breaks said he "wasn't really sure what to say", in relation to the theft, with no clear gain from the theft of either the vehicles or a number of office items. 

"Obviously it will prompt us to review our security procedures and make changes to address," he said. 

"There was some stuff taken from the office, we are still compiling a list, some things are gone from people's desks and so forth, but we don't believe at this stage there was a lot of things taken from the actual office.

"We were pretty stumped as to why anyone would do this," he said. 

Police have confirmed there is no CCTV footage of the incident and are also appealing for any potential witnesses to contact the local station. 

Swan Hill police said as of yesterday, no arrests have been made. 

Anyone with information relating to the incident is urged to contact Swan Hill Police Station on 5036 1600, or call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.