A draining experience . . . Travis Mead returns to the scene of the crime. Photo: BRUCE THOMAS 06061603A
A draining experience . . . Travis Mead returns to the scene of the crime. Photo: BRUCE THOMAS 06061603A

Travis the latest victim of fashion for fuel theft

By CRAIG McTEAR

TRAVIS Mead wasn't about to let a robbery spoil his traditional morning surf.

When he and his mate, Jack May, saw a petrol cap on the road next to Travis's VL Holden Commodore station wagon, he knew instantly what had happened.

But the waves at Diggers beckoned, and he'd deal with it later.

While fuel prices remain astronomically high, it seems petrol thieves will continue to make life hard for unsuspecting car owners like Travis.

As the 25-year-old slept in his Brunswick Avenue villa on Sunday night, they busted open his car's petrol flap and siphoned half a tank ? $40 worth ? of premium unleaded from his car which was parked in the street.

Unfortunately for Travis, he'd only filled up the day before.

"That's the way it's going to be with the way petrol's going up," he said.

"It's happened to me once before in Coffs ? at the Castle Street car park five years ago. It was the same car, and they didn't take all my fuel then, either."

Jack May says he's going to invest in a better lock for his petrol tank in the wake of Travis's hassles.

"It's just another sign of the way things are going. It's happening more and more ? vandalism and recklessness all around this area," Jack said.

And he should know. On June 2, we brought you the story of how thieves broke into Jack's Holden Commodore at Diggers Beach while he was surfing and stole more than $500 worth of gear. And back in October, his Subaru wagon was stolen from Brunswick Avenue.

Jack has another friend whose car was siphoned last week.



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