Nick, Alison and Thomas Quinn are upset after thieves stole bales of aluminium cans that the scouts had collected to raise money for their Millbank Scout Group.
Nick, Alison and Thomas Quinn are upset after thieves stole bales of aluminium cans that the scouts had collected to raise money for their Millbank Scout Group. Mike Knott

Scouts crushed by cash loss

THIEVES have crushed Millbank Scouts' hopes for a new roof this year, after the group's fundraising venture of recycled aluminium cans was stolen.

The clubhouse's fence was destroyed as the intruders caused an estimated $500 damage as they broke in to the yard to steal two bales of cans ready for recycling on Sunday night.

The bales were estimated to be worth between $500 and $1000 and were vital to helping pay for the club's running costs.

Graham Quinn, chairman of the scout group, said the cans were generally donated by pensioners and had been collected over the Christmas period.

"I was gutted for all the effort we had put into baling up the cans," he said.

He said the joeys, cubs and scouts were very disappointed when they discovered the theft on Monday morning.

"The kids were annoyed that all their hard work had now been for nothing," he said.

"It costs us $10,000 to keep our den running. Now, without the funds, we simply can't operate."

Mr Quinn said the break-in was the group's first in about three years.

Bundaberg police Senior Constable Ricky Lynch said police investigations into the matter would take place in the next 24 hours, and he reminded people of the seriousness of such an offence.

"People need to realise that pinching stuff put away for recycling is in fact stealing," he said.

Shaw's Recycle Products owner Neil Shaw had his suspicions about the possible culprits, but said it was difficult to monitor scrap products because all bales given to them were identical.

"I don't think you can get much lower than stealing from kids," he said.



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