A $1000 reward is on offer that leads to the return of a ride-on lawn mower stolen from St Clair United Soccer Club.
Committee members are devastated about the theft of a $4700 mower bought a few months ago from fund-raising proceeds.
Thieves broke into a storage container at club headquarters Mark Leece Sporting Complex, corner of Bennett and Endeavour Roads, St Clair between 8pm on August 7 and the following morning.
Nothing else was stolen and police are investigating the incident.
The club believes more than one person was involved.
Secretary Joe Khalifeh contacted the Star this week in the hope someone knows where it is.
‘‘We struggled to raise the funds and we’d only had it for a few months,’’ he said.
‘‘The committee worked very hard to get it. Whoever has stolen it knew what they were looking for.’’
All the club has left to manage the fields for its 750 players now is an old ride-on mower.
‘‘It means we haven’t got the equipment we need to manage the fields,’’ Mr Khalifeh said.
‘‘Penrith Council do help out but it’s up to the club the manage and and mark the fields. I hope it does return so we don’t have raise the funds again to buy another one. The old one doesn’t do the work that’s required and is past its used-by date.’’
Grounds manager Tony Vella is disappointed.
‘‘I’m upset as it was my baby,’’ he said.
‘‘It makes it harder for us. We’re all volunteers and want to do the best for our members. I hope it does comes back in one piece but I don’t believe it will.’’
The $1000 reward is on offer to anyone with information leading to the mower being returned in one piece.
Mr Khalifeh had this message for the community.
‘‘Keep your eyes and ears open,’’ he said.
And to the brazen thieves.
‘‘If they had any heart, they would return it.’’