Update, Tuesday 8am
A stolen Ford Territory has been dumped and torched in Mingay.
Police received a call in relation to a vehicle that was on fire on the Lismore-Skipton Road about 11pm on Thursday.
CFA extinguished the fire. Police attended and crime scene tape was set up.
No persons were sighted with the vehicle.
Detective Senior Constable Craig Wastell, of the Warrnambool police crime investigation unit, said the vehicle was confirmed to be the 2008 Ford Territory stolen from a Johnstone Road property in Warrnambool on October 5.
He said the fire was deliberately lit.
The owner of the vehicle said there was nothing but bare metal left.
"I was so upset when I found out it was my car," she said.
"I worked so hard to have that car. It was living proof that I could accomplish a goal and make a dream come true for me, so it has been really hard to have had that taken away."
Senior Constable Wastell said a Yamaha WR450 04 motorcycle that was also stolen from the Johnstone Road property was yet to be recovered.
Anyone with information should call Warrnambool police on 5560 1333 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333
Earlier, Thursday 2pm
A car and motorcycle have been stolen after thieves broke into a Warrnambool home while the occupant slept.
Police said unknown offenders forced entry into a shed at the rear of a Johnstone Road property overnight on Friday.
The tenant’s 2008 Ford Territory was stolen as well as a Yamaha WR450 04 motorcycle belonging to Stephen Sundbloom – the owner of the house.
Mr Sundbloom said he had just returned home from night shift when he received a call from the tenant.
“I was just about to go to bed when I found out we’d been robbed. I went around about 7am and (the offenders) had forced open the roller doors with a screw driver, which buggered the locks,” he said.
“The tenant’s car was gone and they’d moved the weight bench to get my bike out. It had a flat battery so they must have pushed it down the hill towards Ponting Drive.”
Mr Sundbloom said the break-in made him feel dirty.
“The tenant had only started renting the house a few weeks ago and she was asleep. She didn’t hear anything so they must have been pretty quiet,” he said.
“Knowing that people just forced their way in sort of makes you feel like you’ve been molested.”
The tenant, who wished to remain anonymous, said the incident turned her into a “blubbering mess.”
“When Stephen came to suss everything out, I was so upset and apologetic,” she said.
“I just can’t help but feel like it’s my fault. All I really care about is Stephen’s bike. Insurance will cover my car but he works really hard to have what he’s got.”
The tenant, who is a single mother of three, said she was the only one home at the time.
“It’s not exactly the most comfortable feeling knowing that people have come in while you’re sleeping,” she said.
“It’s so lucky my kids weren’t here.”
Anyone with information should call Warrnambool police on 5560 1333 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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