Jack May fears Coffs Harbour?s Diggers Beach is falling victim to vandals and criminals after more than $500 worth of gear was
Jack May fears Coffs Harbour?s Diggers Beach is falling victim to vandals and criminals after more than $500 worth of gear was

It?s a wipeout for Jack as thieves hit

By BIANCA CLARE

JACK May experienced a nasty case of deja vu yesterday.

Determined to make the most of a rare morning off, the first-year apprentice builder braved the cold to hit the waves at Coffs Harbour's Diggers Beach around 6.30am.

Like most surfers do, he hid his keys 'in his secret spot' before heading out into the water.

After enjoying a two-hour surf in 'solid two-foot clean conditions' the 19-year-old returned to the middle Diggers Beach car park to discover thieves had found the keys to his white Holden Commodore and made off with more than $500 worth of gear.

It was only in October last year that his Subaru wagon was stolen from nearby Brunswick Avenue.

"First my car last year and now this," Jack said. "My Nokia 3310 mobile phone and charger are gone, along with my Cult jeans and O'Neil jumper, my black Billabong wallet which contained $20 cash and a $185 cheque to pay my TAFE fees, my ugg boots, my red CD case with more than 20 CDs inside, the keys to my tool boxes, my white surf board bag with black writing and, the most unbelievable, coolant and four-litre oil containers.

"It's enough to make a person paranoid."

Jack says this latest incident is just another example of how Diggers Beach is going downhill.

"When you drive down here the first you see is graffiti on the public toilets and picnic shelters, and broken glass on the road," Jack said. "It's sad because it's one of the best surfing beaches around the Coffs Coast and it doesn't deserve to be trashed."

n Police would like to speak anybody who witnessed any suspicious activity at the Diggers Beach middle car park yesterday between 6.30am and 8.30am.



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