LOOKING: The Hervey Bay-based transport company owner is appealing for information.
LOOKING: The Hervey Bay-based transport company owner is appealing for information. TREVOR VEALE

Thieves steal tonnes of hay from local transport company

A SCATHING social media post caught the attention of the 2000 members of the Dalby and District Community Noticeboard last week, when Libby McDonald voiced her "disgust" at the behaviour of a group of Dalby locals.

A group of thieves stole hay and materials from a driver working for the Hervey Bay-based transport company owned by Mrs McDonald after his road train tipped over on the side of the Warrego Highway last Friday.

Mrs McDonald estimates about four tonnes of hay was stolen from the 23t load which was bound for a feedlot west of Dalby.

The thieves cut away bales of hay in front of the driver, and loaded them on their own vehicles.

Mrs McDonald was appalled at the way they behaved at a time where the driver needed assistance.

"Nobody offered to help him," Mrs McDonald said.

"Everybody came in to help themselves.

"We've never come across that before."

She immediately joined the group and voiced her opinion on the people who helped themselves to the materials, and to appeal for information.

"To think farmers may be among those who chose to steal from us today, is very, very wrong," the post read.

The post was shared more than 100 times while members of the group sprung into action, supplying dash-cam footage and photographs of drivers loading hay into their vehicles.

"It kind of made me feel that I was right to have that response and be angry," Mrs McDonald said.

"Everybody pretty much had the same reaction and... everyone had my back."

If anyone has information on the incident, they should contact Dalby Police or message Libby McDonald.