Police asking for public assistance after iconic Big Orange stolen overnight

Berri residents are in shock after an overnight heist has resulted in the town’s famous Big Orange landmark being illegally removed, and its current whereabouts being unknown. Weighing in at an impressive 15 tonnes and with a height of 15 meters, moving the structure is no easy feat, and SA Police are currently investigating at the scene to better narrow down how exactly it was stolen.

The site of The Big Orange after it was stolen.

“This was not a spontaneous theft. This was a extremely thought-out and choreographed operation.”

“Our top priority right now is working out how exactly it was removed. Once we have confirmed that we can start to track down where it was taken.” SA Police spokesperson Sgt. Biggs said.

“It is possible that the thieves loaded the orange onto the back of a truck and drove away with it, and we are currently searching the area for suspicious tire imprints in the dirt.”

“We are urging members of the public to come forward if they’ve seen or they know anything regarding the theft of The Big Orange.”

The Berri Council is yet to make a statement regarding the theft.

The Riverlanderer will update as this story develops.

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