A LAND ROVER enthusiast is devastated after burglars made off with his “pride and joy”.
Peter Bohdan Santar – known as Bohdan – woke up to find his green Land Rover Defender missing after thieves broke into his Crosland Moor home and stole the keys.
His wife’s Citroen C5, purse and two mobile phones were also taken in the raid at Butternab Road on Wednesday night.
Now he is calling on the public to help him find his beloved vehicle.
The father-of-two said: “It is that distinctive that it would stand out in a field of 1,000 Land Rovers.
“We have built it up over the last three years and have used it for expeditions all over Europe. We don’t fly when we go on holiday, we drive instead.
“I felt sick when I saw it had gone – the whole family did.
“It was just gut-wrenching. It was my pride and joy.
“It would be nice if someone would just leave it parked-up, unmarked with a note apologising, but I can’t see that happening.
“I just want it back because it will take three years to build back up again.”
The 1996 Land Rover had an aluminium roof rack with a four-man roof tent on top. It also had four spotlights on the front.
Its registration plate was P464 CFV.
The burglary was among a spate in Huddersfield over recent weeks, where thieves have deliberately targeted car keys in order to steal vehicles.
Detective Constable Dave Kinghorn said: “We are still seeing a lot of burglaries where vehicles are being taken.
“We would generally ask people to make sure their car keys are kept out of sight, and, if necessary, take them upstairs with you at night, out of view of the kitchen window and away from the back of doors.”
Anyone with information about the Land Rover is asked to contact Bohdan on 07870 395553.