GWS Giants tragically reunited with stolen personalized license plates after being spotted by a fellow fan
Footy Tragic is reunited with his personalized signs after police said he had no chance of getting them back – just for a fellow fan to see them on a stolen car two hours later
- GWS member is said to have stolen personalized number plates on Friday
- Scott Eagar placed in a Giants member group and urged fans to pay attention
- Distinctive plates noticed by colleague, who reported to the police
- She also filmed dramatic arrest of two men, who were later charged by the police
A set of allegedly stolen personalized number plates has been recovered, all thanks to the watchful eye of a close-knit team of AFL club members.
Scott Eagar was devastated after his beloved GWS Giants number plates were stolen from his car in Kogarah in south Sydney on Friday.
He reported the alleged theft to the police and called on a private chat group of the Giants members on Sunday, urging fans to watch out for his eye-catching signs, seen from space.
Three hours later, a member of the Giants called the police with wide eyes after seeing the license plates near her in Busby in southwest Sydney, but the car left before the police arrived.
Scott Eagar (pictured during a match) didn’t think he would ever see his GWS Giants number plates
A fellow Giants fan saw the signs near her for two consecutive days
Mister Eagar’s striking personalized plates (depicted on his car) can be seen from space
The woman couldn’t believe her luck when the same allegedly stolen car returned 24 hours later and shortly after filmed the dramatic arrest.
Images delivered to Daily Mail Australia show the unmarked police car stop next to the vehicle before two plainclothes police officers run out and arrest an alleged perpetrator behind the wheel of the parked car and another man nearby.
Both men were later charged by police with a sentence to appear in court later on Tuesday.
The license plates will be forensically examined before being returned to a relieved Mr Eagar, who says the police originally told him he would no longer see them.
He was amazed at the brutal actions of the alleged thieves and that they would return to the same neighborhood two days in a row with his easily recognizable number plates.
“The police told me the boys should be two of the stupidest criminals,” Eagar told Daily Mail Australia.
“I never thought I would ever get them back and didn’t realize how special the plates were until they were stolen.”
Originally a member of Crosstown rivals Sydney Swans, Mr Eagar traded alliances in the Giants’ second season in 2013 and has remained loyal ever since.
“I am proud to be part of such a close-knit group that looks after each other,” said the hospital’s theater technician.
A man behind the wheel of the parked car was intercepted by plainclothes officers
Two men were arrested on Monday and returned to Fairfield Police Station
The woman who recognized the license plates and reported the alleged theft happily assists a fellow Giants member.
“It takes a lot of time and effort to get such license plates, so it was great to be able to help,” she said.
“The Giants members are like a family.”
A spokeswoman for the NSW police told Daily Mail Australia that a 27-year-old man from Hurstville was charged with unauthorized transportation and safekeeping.
He was denied bail and will appear in Liverpool court on Tuesday.
A 30-year-old Busby man has been charged with transportation without the owner’s permission and faces Liverpool Local Court on April 6.
Scott Eagar (right), pictured with his son (left) and a fellow GWS fan, is grateful for the vigilance of the close-knit Giants army