Re­ward to catch thief

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - An­gelique Pat­ter­son

WANTED - in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to the ar­rest and con­vic­tion of the un­known of­fender whole stole over $1300 from a money box at the Port Auto Car Wash.

Busi­ness owner Larry Wil­son is even of­fer­ing a $1000 re­ward for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to a con­vic­tion af­ter the of­fender stole money and dam­aged prop­erty in the process.

While the in­ci­dent oc­curred on Tues­day, March 19, Mr Wil­son said the story started on the Sun­day be­fore, when the key to the money box was stolen from the car wash.

‘‘I didn’t know it was stolen be­cause it was locked and noth­ing hap­pened un­til the early hours of Tues­day morn­ing when the bur­glar came and had the key,’’ he said.

‘‘We went through the cam­eras and found when the key was in the ma­chine and saw who pinched it.

‘‘ A young girl and man were muck­ing around, look­ing for change and the bloke spots the key.

‘‘He checks to see if it un­locks, put the key in his hand and went back to his car and then came back through and washed it.’’

The sur­veil­lance footage re­sulted in the ar­rest of a 31-year-old Port Dou­glas man who had re­cently moved from Mel­bourne, on two charges of steal­ing the key and the sub­se­quent theft of the money from the premise.

How­ever, Mr Wil­son is adamant that the ‘‘key thief’’ and ‘‘bur­glar’’ are two sep­a­rate peo­ple af­ter re­view­ing the sur­veil­lance foot- age.

‘‘ The bur­glar tried to get into all the machines with the key and af­ter a frus­trat­ing five min­utes he takes off across the road but then comes back again and heads straight for the money box,’’ he said.

‘‘I as­sume he went back and talked to the key thief or made a phone call be­cause he came back and walked di­rectly to the ma­chine, takes the money and takes off.

‘‘I don’t want the other guy get­ting away with it and I can’t see the key thief giv­ing up the bur­glar so that is why I am of­fer­ing $1000 re­ward for a con­vic­tion.’’

Mr Wil­son had to spend ad­di­tional money chang­ing locks and re­plac­ing the three elec­tronic money boxes the of­fender took, which were later lo­cated in Spring Creek in Mow­bray.

If any­one has in­for­ma­tion on the man de­scribed to be in his late 20s early 30s, cau­casian, with a tat­too on his left fore­arm, con­tact Moss­man CIB on 4098 2177 or Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

Pic­ture: AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

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Port Auto Car Wash owner Larry Wil­son

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