Anger after car torched

AN enraged burglary victim is today even more upset after he discovered thieves had burned out his beloved £25,000 car.Andrew Hunt said it made it even worse that the thieves, who took the silver Lexus IS 220 as part of a high-value heist, did not keep the car but simply drove it before destroying it.

AN enraged burglary victim is today even more upset after he discovered thieves had burned out his beloved £25,000 car.

Andrew Hunt said it made it even worse that the thieves, who took the silver Lexus IS 220 as part of a high-value heist, did not keep the car but simply drove it before destroying it.

Mr Hunt was asleep with his wife Emma when the thieves broke into their home in Little Bealings, near Woodbridge, and took the Lexus' keys along with a 42-inch plasma TV, a Dell laptop computer, a Technics stereo system, £1,600 in cash, Mr Hunt's passport and wallet and the couple's bank books.

He discovered the theft last Saturday and on Wednesday he learned the car had been found, torched, in Ipswich.


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Mr Hunt, a 33-year-old project manager for a major house builder, said: “I was gutted, really gutted.

“If it had have been taken for a reason, because someone wanted it, it wouldn't have been so bad.

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“But for me to work so hard to get it and someone just to take it away and burn it is awful.

“It thought it could be on a container ship ready to be taken somewhere. I was asked if I wanted to go to see it but it was too painful.”

Mr Hunt, whose car was insured, but whose home contents were not, said he was now hoping to get another Lexus to replace the stolen model.

He added: “Although it surprises people I would like another one. I worked hard for it and I think I deserve it.

“I'll make sure I have a proper tracker system this time though, so it's harder to steal.”

A spokesman for Suffolk police said the car was found burned out in Gainsborough Lane last Monday at 11.45pm.

She added: “We're still asking for anyone who saw a Lexus car being driven in that area to contact us."

Anyone with information should call Dc Sarah Primmer on 01473 613500.

Has your car been burned out? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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