Police swoop as thieves target Noosa boats, bikes, kayaks

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Noosa River Darryn Smith

NOOSA has been struck by a wave of thefts, with the criminals targeting kayaks, boats, mountain bikes, surfboards and other property.

Police have been targeting the culprits since October with Operation Phoenix, which has so far recovered two boats, kayaks, three bikes, an air compressor and even "a large coffee grinder".

Officers are now quizzing a 33-year-old man who was arrested on Monday on unrelated matters.

While attempting to take the man into custody, police allege two officers were injured.

He now faces charges of serious assault police, serious obstruct police and shop stealing. 

The man is due to face Maroochydore Magistrates Court today.

Detective Senior Sergeant Daren Edwards heads the Sunshine Coast's Criminal Investigation Branch.

He said it people needed to make sure their property was secured and not left unattended.

"Some items such as boats can be difficult to lock away but owners can regularly check their vessels and ensure that any loose items of property on board is either stored elsewhere or locked inside the vessel itself where possible," Detective Senior Sergeant Edwards said.

"We ask anyone who has had property stolen in the area over the last few months to contact police," he added.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or 24hrs a day or Policelink on 131 444.

Topics:  crime noosa police

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