AN east Bundaberg family has been reunited with their stolen go-kart after a man read their story in the NewsMail and contacted police.
David Baldry and his son, Isaac, had spent countless hours working on the go-kart in time for Isaac’s 14th birthday, but it was stolen from the family property the very day they had put the finishing touches on it.
After their story ran in last Monday’s NewsMail, a Coonarr man who had seen the go-kart over the weekend contacted police.
Mr Baldry said he and Isaac were relieved to hear the news and went to pick the go-kart up.
He said the man who had contacted police was very helpful.
“It was obvious it wasn’t his fault,” Mr Baldry said.
“His son’s friends had brought the go-kart around and, when they were leaving, they asked if they could leave it at his house.
“The guy said he was suspicious and, when he read Monday’s paper, he called the police.”
Mr Baldry said the events had renewed his faith in people.
“There were a lot of people who wanted to help, but they couldn’t,” he said.
“Everyone was really keen to show their support.
“I knew someone, somewhere would have had to see it, but I was surprised that someone came forward.”
Mr Baldry said while the go-kart had sustained some damage from its unlawful adventures, he was just relieved to have it back at the family house.
He said it appeared the go-kart had hit a tree and had damage to the accelerator.
“It’s nothing we can’t fix. We’re just happy to see it,” he said.
“If it wasn’t for the News-Mail, we wouldn’t have got it back.”
Five young people have been charged as a result of the incident.
A 12-year-old boy, 14-year-old girl, 14-year-old boy and two 18-year-old men were charged with stealing the go-kart and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
The juveniles will appear at Bundaberg Magistrates Court on October 26, while the 18-year-old men will appear separately on October 25.