Hard yakka stolen

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

A WONGA Beach 12-year-old who worked hard mow­ing lawns to buy an out­board en­gine has just three words for the thieves who stole it from him - give it back.

Josh Halstead is dev­as­tated af­ter the 3.5hp en­gine, which has a unique home-made han­dle on it, was cut from the 12-foot boat next to his house last Wed­nes­day night.

His mother Tammy said the whole fam­ily was home when the en­gine was stolen but they did not hear any­thing.

“There are three cars to pass to get to the en­gine, there are bikes next to it and a drag nets, but they only wanted the en­gine,” she said. “They came in with a hack­saw and cut the power block off and walked off with the mo­tor.”

Tammy said she be­lieves the poi­son­ing of her dogs a fort­night ago may be re­lated to the theft of the en­gine.

“Our dogs were fed some­thing poi­sonous, the vet thinks it was Rat­sak but we don’t use any­thing like that on our prop­erty,” she said.

This lat­est theft is one of five which have oc­curred in Wonga Beach re­cently, in­clud­ing the Halstead’s fam­ily car.

If you have any in­for­ma­tion about the theft call Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

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