Joyrid­ers caught

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

TEENAGERS are sus­pected of tak­ing a car for a joyride af­ter the owner had gone away for the week­end.

The joyrid­ers caused some dam­age to the ve­hi­cle be­fore park­ing it back in the drive­way of the Moss­man home from where it was taken.

Owner of the car Sharyn Casey said she sus­pects the white Toy­ota Avalon was taken by a group of young peo­ple known to her or some of their friends and has re­ported it po­lice.

“It is very un­usual that some­one takes a car for a joyride and then re­turns it back to the owner’s home,” Mrs Casey said.

“We went away for the week­end and who­ever did this has found the spare set of keys and then took the car for a ride and also caused dam­age.

“A num­ber of the young peo­ple known to us, and their friends, at present have their L-plate li­cences and we be­lieve they took the car while we were away to get more prac­tice with­out us know­ing and we wouldn’t have if it wasn’t for the dam­age done.”

Mrs Casey ad­mits it might look strange that she has “dobbed” in the kids pos­si­bly known to her who took the car but it was be­cause she was fear­ful if it hap­pened again, some­one could get se­ri­ously in­jured or even killed.

“Tak­ing the car is one thing and of course I am up­set at it be­ing dam­aged which has ob­vi­ously come about by the driver, or driv­ers, be­ing in­ex­pe­ri­enced and then re­turn­ing the car back to our home,” she said.

“But my big­gest fear is that if they do it again or take some­one else’s car, they will be badly hurt or even killed.”

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent and the car is now at the panel beaters be­ing re­paired.

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