A burnt-out car was found at Apple Tree Creek, suspected of being the ute in a boat theft last week.
A burnt-out car was found at Apple Tree Creek, suspected of being the ute in a boat theft last week. Elise Cottam

Stolen ute found torched

A UTE involved in the theft of a boat and a subsequent high-speed police chase through Childers has been found torched in Apple Tree Creek.

Childers police, ambulance and urban fire brigade personnel went to the scene at the corner of Bunns Road and North South Road about 11.30pm, to find the Holden Commodore Crewman still ablaze near a bus stop.

The vehicle was subsequently identified as being stolen from Ormeau, north of the Gold Coast.

Resident Elise Cottam, who lost control of her car on Bunns Road on Friday because of the wreckless utility, identified the stolen vehicle.

“Even though there were no registration plates on it on Sunday night, I could tell by its wheel rims it was the car that ran me off the road on Friday morning,” Mrs Cottam said.

Childers Urban Fire Brigade captain “Curl” Santacaterina said the ute’s colour was still identifiable.

“Right in the edges around the rim of one of the rear tail lights, you could just see it used to be a purplish-brown colour,” he said.

Police want to interview three heavily built men in relation to the theft of the vehicle and the boat, which was stolen from Woodgate.

The registration plates, 414 KNP, which were on the ute on Friday, have not been located.

Anyone with information can call 4192 1444.

“I could tell by its wheel rims it was the car that ran me off the road on Friday morning,” Resident Elise Cottam



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