Quadriplegic NSW farmer pleads for return of wheelchair trailer stolen in Adelaide


A New South Wales farmer is pleading for thieves to return his custom-made trailer that transports his electric wheelchair and has been stolen in Adelaide.

Angus Conners, 43, has been a quadriplegic since breaking his neck in a car accident on his remote sheep station in 2000.

He travelled 10 hours to Adelaide yesterday for his 13-year-old daughter’s school graduation.

His white trailer was stolen from the driveway of his West Beach home overnight.

Mr Conners said he was in disbelief.

“I couldn’t believe it,” he said.

“I only got down here yesterday … It’s devastating really.”

Mr Conners said thieves had to break a padlock to take the trailer from the Cottesloe Street home sometime between 11:00pm Tuesday and 7:00am Wednesday.

‘No hard feelings’ if thieves return trailer

Mr Conners had the trailer custom made eight years ago.

The farmer asked the thieves to leave the trailer somewhere and notify police.

Mr Conners needs the trailer to transport his wheelchair back to NSW in three weeks.(Supplied: Conners family)

“We’ll go pick it up, no hard feelings, just don’t damage it … Please give it back so I can get back home,” he said.

“Hopefully now they understand what they’ve done to me and the family.

“It hurts everyone really. It’s terrible.”

A man sitting in his electric wheelchair on a footpath
Mr Conners transports his electric wheelchair and lifter in the trailer.(Supplied: Conners family)

The trailer has South Australian number plates with the registration S960-TCG.

“It’s not that big, probably about five foot by four foot (1.5m-1.2m),” he said.

[It has a] single axle … [with] a drop-down tray at the back so the chair can be driven up.

“It’s got white mags and brand new tyres on it and red dirt. You can see it’s from the bush.”

Mr Conners is due to return to his New South Wales station in about three weeks.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do now, maybe put the chair on a truck,” he said.



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Stolen Trailer From A Quadriplegic NSW Farmer

Owner Pleaded Thieves

Angus Conners, a New South Wales farmer, is pleading for thieves to return his custom-made trailer that transports his electric wheelchair and has been stolen in Adelaide.

He is 43-years old and has been a quadriplegic since breaking his neck in a car accident on his remote sheep station in 2000.

Yesterday, he has travelled 10 hours to Adelaide for his 13-year-old daughter’s school graduation. In disbelief, his white trailer was stolen from the driveway of his West Beach home overnight.

“I only got down here yesterday … It’s devastating really.” He added.

He revealed that the thieves had to break a padlock to take the trailer from the Cottesloe Street home sometime between 11:00 pm Tuesday and 7:00 am Wednesday.

What made him more devastated is that the trailer was custom made eight years ago. “It means everything to me. I transport my chair in it and my lifter to get me in and out of my bed,” he said.

The farmer pleaded for the thieves to leave the trailer somewhere and notify the police. “We’ll go pick it up, no hard feelings, just don’t damage it … Please give it back so I can get back home,” he stated, with hopes that, as of now, the thieves have understood what they’ve done to him and his family.

The trailer has South Australian number plates with the registration S960-TCG and is about a foot by four foot (1.5m-1.2m.) It has a single axle, with a drop-down tray at the back so the chair can be driven up. “It’s got white mags and brand new tyres on it and red dirt. You can see it’s from the bush.” Mr Conners described.

He is due to return to his New South Wales station in about three weeks and doesn’t know what he is going to do now. “Maybe put the chair in a truck,” he said.

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