Police are investigating after tens of thousands of litres of drinking water were stolen from a council facility on the state’s Far North Coast.
Police have been told at sometime between 8pm and 9pm on Monday 9 December 2019, offenders in a water tanker and a Toyota Hilux utility attended Airfield Avenue, Murwillumbah, and stole approximately 25,000 litres of drinking water.
Officers from Tweed/Byron Police District were notified, and an investigation has been launched.
Tweed/Byron Duty Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Luke Arthurs said the act of stealing water during a time of hardship for much of New South Wales is shocking.
“Here in the Tweed/Byron Police District, every catchment area and LGA are in drought – and this kind of theft is not acceptable.
“Police will continue to investigate this incident and are pleading with anyone with information to contact us,” Ch Insp Arthurs said.
Police are urging anyone who may have CCTV or dashcam footage from the area around that time to contact Tweed Heads Police on (07) 5506 9499 or to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Tweed Shire Council LGA will implement Level 2 water restrictions from tomorrow (Friday 13 December 2019). For more information please visit their website www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/SaveWaterNow.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.