News

Turtle park ute stolen

RANGERS at Mon Repos Conservation Park spent yesterday cleaning up after thieves stole a ute and computer equipment from their office at the national park.

Bundaberg police Sergeant Steve Schultz said rangers found items missing after arriving at the office about 7am yesterday.

He said the white ute was fitted with firefighting equipment and had the number plate UGFK-70.

A fluoro sticker with the numbers 3422 is also on the back.

Police were still searching for the vehicle yesterday afternoon.

Geoff Brittingham, regional manager for the Sunshine Coast and Burnett regions of the Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing would not comment on how the theft would affect operations at the park.

"The office at Mon Repos Conservation Park was broken into on Monday night and a number of items were stolen. Police are currently investigating the incident," he said.

"Rangers and staff will work with other department offices to ensure scheduled work can go ahead."

The NewsMail understands police are investigating possible links to a ram-raid at the Childers Pharmacy on the same night, but there is no confirmed link just yet.

Childers police Senior Constable Grant Klassen said the thieves used a vehicle to smash the front roller-door of the pharmacy at Childers Shopping Centre at 3.30am yesterday.

"Basically they've driven through the roller-door into the chemist," he said

"They've used the vehicle to ram their way in and then they've driven off. The vehicle appears to be a white-coloured four-wheel drive.

"It's pretty brazen."

Pharmacy manager Andrew Heathcock was alerted to the break-in after receiving a phone call from the alarm company at 3.30am.

"I drove down and the door was broken in, the bollards were broken and all my stock was pushed inside," he said.

Mr Heathcock, who only opened the pharmacy recently, said he was disgusted.

"You'd think a small town like this where everyone sort of knows each other ... I'm surprised it happened here," he said.

"We're just a new pharmacy so you never expect something like this to happen."

Mr Heathcock said it may cost up to $20,000 to fix the damage to the roller-door at the front of his shop.

Anyone with any information can contact Bundaberg police on 4153 9111.

Topics:  bundaberg, car theft, crime, mon repos conservation park, police, thieves, ute




Big smack: Macca's car park bingle

McBingle: A minor collision in the McDonalds car park on Targo St. Photo: Eliza Goetze / NewsMail.

P-plater hits car in drive-through

UPDATE: Police investigate crash that killed man, 58

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.

Sam Mac sings a weather report for Bundaberg

MORNING SONG: Sam Mac creates a song for the Booyal Central State School in the Seven Sunrise weather cross.Photo: Paul Donaldson / NewsMail

Live from from Booyal Central State School

Latest deals and offers

MOVIE REVIEW: Ben-Hur isn't likely to become a new classic

Toby Kebbell plays Messala Severus and Jack Huston plays Judah Ben-Hur in a scene from Ben-Hur.

ANYTHING less than grand in a remake of Ben-Hur won't do.

Sam Mac sings a weather report for Bundaberg

MORNING SONG: Sam Mac creates a song for the Booyal Central State School in the Seven Sunrise weather cross.Photo: Paul Donaldson / NewsMail

Live from from Booyal Central State School

Coming up on your TVs this September...

Don't miss A Place to Call Home as season four launches this September.

HERE'S a sneak peek at what's coming up on Foxtel.

Taylor Swift dismissed from jury duty

Taylor Swift was dismissed from jury duty in a sexual assault case

Zumbo's Willy Wonka hat trick trips up Queensland brickie

Adriano Zumbo and Rachel Khoo with Zumbo's floating dessert in a scene from Zumbo's Just Desserts.

NOOSA'S Michael Basset asked to recreate floating chocolate dish.

John Lennon's killer denied parole for 9th time

John Lennon

John Lennon's killer has been denied parole for the ninth time.

Bunnings starts demolition of historic foundry buildings

SAWTOOTH GONE: Demolition of Foundry sawtooth shed to make way for new Bunnings building.

Lane and footpath closures will take place

Australia's most expensive balcony and it hasn't been built

Viridian Noosa.

How Noosa millionares' squabble could affect body corporates

Receivers move in on Springfield's 'Tower of Power'

The 10-storey tower at Springfield is up for sale with interest high in the iconic structure.

Interest high in iconic 10-storey office building

Palm Lake Resort set to move in to Coast with 276 villas

Palm Lake Group has been given approval by Sunshine Coast Council to build a 276-villa over 50s resort and 120-bed aged care facility at the intersection of Caloundra Rd and Caloundra Mooloolaba Rd in Little Mountain.

New facility planned for Caloundra Rd

Warning for unit investors with price plummet prediction

The warning signs are flashing for one real estate sector in 2017 despite others performing the best they have in years and it's not going to be pretty.

One real estate sector looks set for a rocky 2017

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale