WHEN former Whitsunday Shire Councillor Anthony Moscato finished his dinner at Capers last Thursday night and walked back to where he had parked his car, the last thing he expected to find was an empty parking space.
His pride and joy – a Maserati valued brand new at somewhere in the region of $250,000 – was gone.
It had been stolen.
Mr Moscato, who served on Council for two terms in the mid 1980’s and early 90’s, was one of the driving forces behind getting sand onto Airlie Beach and getting the lagoon put in.
He bought the 2004 model luxury vehicle from a Sydney Ferrari dealership in early 2006.
The demonstration model, which is equipped with a Formula 1 engine and gear change set up, had just 2000 kilometres on the clock when he bought it and just over 30,000 when it was stolen last week.
“It was in immaculate condition,” Mr Moscato said.
The theft has been reported to Whitsunday Police and while Mr Moscato has been told nothing would be ruled out, he has his own theories about what may have happened to his pride and joy.
“My opinion is that for that car to have been taken it must have been loaded on to a truck,” he said.
“I think it was a professional job because the car has all the latest security technology.”
Mr Moscato said he had no personal enemies but felt that if a local was behind the theft it must have been either because they don’t like him or because they don’t like Maseratis.
“I don’t know who could have done this,” Mr Moscato said.
The stolen vehicle is described as a silver 2004 Maserati 4.2 coupe, with Queensland registration number 940 IVO.
Anyone who saw any suspicious activity around the Airlie Beach Hotel car park last Thursday night is urged to contact Whitsunday Police on 4948 8888 or free call to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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