Police catch youths stuck in mud

TIN Can Bay police are looking for the owner of an outboard motor and plastic petrol tank after three youths were caught in the mud yesterday.

A police spokesperson said a tip-off by a passer-by at the Tin Can Bay marina, who saw the youths — three boys aged 17 and 16 — stealing a fuel tank, led to their apprehension.

The police spokesperson said they were allegedly found in a stolen dinghy stuck in the mud near the Cooloola Cove boat ramp off Bayside Road.

“Because it was a full moon the low tide was really low,” the spokesperson said.

The boys – all locals – started their alleged five finger discount boat shopping about 4am Friday morning; they were caught about 6am.

Their first alleged crime was stealing the dinghy, from Carlo Point at Rainbow Beach, then an outboard motor and plastic petrol tank off another boat, then another petrol tank from a boat at the Tin Can Bay Marina.

When police caught the boys they also found six crabs in the dinghy, allegedly from them pulling in others’ crab pots.

Police have charged one of the 17-year-olds with six offences for allegedly stealing the items and obstructing police; the others have not been charged yet.

The spokesperson alleged he refused to leave the bay when police were trying to apprehend him.

Tin Can Bay police are now urging boat owners to check their boats to see if they are the owners of the missing outboard and petrol tank taken from Carlo Point.

They are also asking boat owners to make it hard for people to take items from their boats, by locking them up.

Call the station on 5486 2426 if you think the items are yours.

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