A FARMER whose stolen four-wheel-drive made national headlines after it was stolen by the Stoccos says he doesn’t want it back.
Mark and Gino Stocco had travelled thousands of kilometres in Paul Rogers’ white Toyota Landcruiser before they were caught at Dunedoo on Wednesday.
The armed duo had taken the vehicle from Mr Rogers’ Little Billabong property on October 18 or 19.
There were confirmed and unconfirmed sightings of the four-wheel-drive in the North East and in Southern NSW as the armed father and son duo tried to avoid police.
Mr Rogers said his insurance company had told him it would be impounded as evidence if it was recovered.
He said he had “no ill feeling” towards the pair.
“The insurance company has decided to keep the car and take ownership of the vehicle,” Mr Rogers said.
“I don’t want it back.
“God knows what’s been done with it.
“It was a vehicle in pristine order when they took it and God knows what they’ve done with it now.
“I’m happy not to get it back to be honest.”
Mr Rogers has started locking his vehicles and sheds after the theft.
The Stoccos had also targeted frozen bread and two cans of Solo from a second shed on his farm.
They had come to national attention after shooting at police near Wagga days earlier.
“I’ve been following them reasonably closely and it’s gotten to the point where I don’t want to hear about it any more,” Mr Rogers said.
“I’m pleased it’s over with.
“It’s been very had to focus on what I should be doing, which is running the business.
“It’s nice to see closure.”
Mr Rogers said people in the region had been on edge after a possible sighting of the Stoccos in Tarcutta earlier this week.
“I’ve got no ill feelings towards them,” he said.
“They’re obviously bad buggers.
“They needed a vehicle and needed some food, and they took the vehicle and food from me.
“They didn’t come in to harm me and they didn’t damage any property, and I’m thankful for that.”