Norm Jarvis is dumbfounded by the cheek of thieves who stole a large inflatable ‘H’ from the Norville pool overnight Tuesday.
Norm Jarvis is dumbfounded by the cheek of thieves who stole a large inflatable ‘H’ from the Norville pool overnight Tuesday. Rob Barich

Norville Pool inflatable stolen

CALLOUS thieves put a dampener on summer holiday fun at Norville Pool, by stealing a popular inflatable toy.

The 3.5m long and 2.5m wide, red and yellow, H-shaped inflatable was stolen on Tuesday night.

Pool lifeguard Norm Jarvis labelled it a heartless act to ruin the Christmas holiday fun.

“It’s a real shame — with the school holidays here, it got a lot of use,” Mr Jarvis said.

“I don’t know what they’re going to do with it.”

Mr Jarvis said it was easily recognisable if anyone tried to use the massive inflatable, worth $1000.

And a special connection is needed to inflate it.

Norville Pool caretaker Lynette Jarvis could not see the logic in stealing something that would have little use outside the swimming complex.

“It’s not something you can just buy — we had it shipped over here from New Zealand,” she said.

“You can’t blow it up by mouth.”

And the inflatable was not an easy target — the pool’s fencing is topped with barbed wire, so the Jarvis’ hope the valuable toy was not damaged.

Mrs Jarvis lamented the loss for children who reap so much out of such a simple device.

She said, although the pool still had two bigger, similar inflatable toys left for the 50m pool, the advantage of having one for the 25m pool was for kids who could not swim yet to use it.

“It was a good stand-up for little people,” she said.

“And a good energy burner.”

The robbery was not the only one in Norville, with thieves also stealing a number of surfboards from a Norville storage shed.

If you have seen the inflatable or know anything about its theft, telephone Bundaberg Police on 4153 9111.



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