Silly season starts as joke thief breaks into Tin Shed
THE silly season has arrived with police reporting a surge of strange criminal behaviour ranging from a stolen joke book, a kayak thrown on the fire and a motorist who tried to evade a random breath test by driving on the footpath.
A man was caught on camera smashing a window and breaking into the Combined Club in Port Douglas last Friday at 4.15am, activating the alarm.
Combined Club manager Kym Rowley said the man walked up the footpath and tried unsuccessfully to break into two windows before setting his sights on a joke book.
“A young bloke broke two glass louvers, put his hand inside and grabbed the joke book and eventually he walked away,” he said.
“I saw it on video and thought you’ve got to be kidding.
“But the book he stole was very appropriate for what he did - it was pub jokes.”
Police describe the man as Caucasian in appearance, about 1.8m tall, aged between 30-35 and at the time of the offence was wearing a black T-shirt with a large green logo on the front and blue knee-length shorts.
Port Douglas police conducted 40 random breath tests on Port Douglas Rd on December 1 but did not detect any drink-drivers.
However, police said a 61-year-old Julatten man decided it was better to avoid the random breath testing unit and instead drive on the footpath, which he told police he had always driven on and will continue to do so.
He was not drink-driving and received an infringement notice of $60 for his troubles.
Mossman police are searching for witnesses to an incident that occurred near Cape Tribulation last Friday night when a person’s sea kayak was burnt on a beach fire.
The alleged offender dragged the sea kayak on to their fire and then dumped it in bushes at Myall Beach, south of Cape Tribulation beach, causing $1000 worth of damage.
If you have any information about the stolen joke book or the burning of the kayak, contact Port Douglas police on 4087 1999, Mossman police on 4098 2177 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Man in question: Police would like to talk to this alleged thief