Archery club devastated
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