Shocking moment tradie clings to his ute as thief drives away

A tradie was dragged down the road as he made a desperate attempt to cling to his ute when a thief hopped in and drove off, with an irreplaceable item stashed in the glove box.

Queensland carpenter Kayden Holmes had his Holden Colorado ute sitting in his driveway on Sunday, with his keys in the ignition as he loaded his tools.

In a video of the theft, the ute is seen coming out of the driveway and as the car turns onto the road, Mr Holmes is seen running alongside it trying to hang on to the vehicle.

He grabs the ute's tray, but eventually loses his grip and falls to the road as his car takes off.

Pictured is the tradie clinging on to his ute in Queensland
A tradie in Queensland had his ute stolen from his driveway, he latched on to the vehicle to try and stop the thief. Source: 7News

Mr Holmes sustained an ankle injury during the incident, 7News reported.

The incident happened in Holmview, in the City of Logan, around 8am on Sunday.

Speaking to Sunrise, Mr Holmes said he had only moved the car out to the driveway about five minutes before the alleged theft.

"I was walking into the garage and back out to the car, just loading up tools as they do every Sunday and had my back turned, and yeah, he just snuck up without me realising," he said.

While most of the items in the ute are replaceable, his mother's ashes, which are in the ute's glove box aren't.

“The car is replaceable, everything in that car is replaceable, but the ashes aren’t,” he told 7News on Tuesday.

“I need them back, I don’t want them, I need them.”

Mr Holmes' mother died in 2015 and the ashes have been kept in a piece of jewellery, stashed in the glove box, because he likes to have his mum near him at all times.

"That's just the last thing I have of mum and it takes a lot to make me upset, and we've gone through a lot of humps in the road but yeah, this one's knocked me about a bit," he said.

"This car has our whole life in it and some low life scum took it while my partner was on the other side of the car saying good bye to our son," Mr Holmes' partner Chelsey Orr wrote on Facebook.

Shortly after the alleged theft, the Holden Colorado and another vehicle were last seen on Dairy Creek Road.

Queensland Police are investigating the incident and anyone with information is urged to come forward.

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