Rocherlea community group targeted by thieves

Volunteers are “angry, sad and disheartened” after thieves stole a work ute from the Northern Suburbs Community Centre. 

The car was used by the not-for-profit organisation’s garden maintenance team, which services the Rocherlea community.

Centre manager Denise Delphin said in the early hours of Sunday, thieves had “decided to help themselves” to the car.

“We’re feeling pretty low,” she said.

“It’s our social enterprise ute, it helps employ local people and provides opportunities for training and it’s for our community service of affordable lawn mowing. 

“But we have had to cancel our work.”

Since news of the theft spread throughout the community, Ms Delphin said the centre had received overwhelming support.

“As a community, everyone has really stepped up and we have had huge support, people have really rallied around us,” she said.

Tasmania Police is investigating and anyone with information should contact them on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000.

The car is a white ute with a canopy and ‘the work garden maintenance’ and ‘northern suburbs community centre’ logos on the side.