Reward to catch thief
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.
Port Auto Car Wash owner Larry Wilson