Silly sea­son starts as joke thief breaks into Tin Shed

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

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

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