Archery club dev­as­tated

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

MOSS­MAN Archery Club re­ceived a crip­pling blow last week when thieves broke into the Moss­man Ri­fle Club and stole their equip­ment.

Thieves used a grinder to gain en­try into ship­ping con­tain­ers and re­moved five com­pound bows, nine re­curve bows, a tool box, around 200 ar­rows, two chain­saws, a blower and a brand new, un­wrapped tar­get. They also at­tempted to re­move a mower which they broke in the process.

The theft oc­curred be­tween Tues­day night and Wed­nes­day morn­ing at the Moss­man Ri­fle Club on the Cap­tain Cook High­way be­tween Port Dou­glas and Moss­man.

Club pres­i­dent Chris Thomas started the club in 1999 and has been left dev­as­tated by the break-in. ‘‘They have taken ev­ery­thing,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s the be­gin­ning of our sea­son and now we have had to stop be­cause some­one stole our equip­ment.

‘‘The Cairns Crime Scene team at­tended the prop­erty and did some tests on the tred marks and shoe pat­terns.’’

All of the bows stolen have se­rial num­bers and will be easy to track if they get sold on.

‘‘The re­al­ity is we won’t see them back,’’ Mr Thomas said.

The club plans to ap­ply for grants in the next cou­ple of months to hopefully re­build their sup­plies. The club will still open for peo­ple who have their own equip­ment from 8.30am un­til mid­day on Sun­day. Any­one that may have no­ticed any­thing sus­pi­cious or has in­for­ma­tion in urged to con­tact Moss­man Po­lice on 4098 2177.


CLEANED OUT: archery club founder Chris Thomas

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