CLOSE WATCH: Brad Blewett from Mermaid Beach on the Gold Coast, formerly Alstonville, keeps a keen eye on his keys as partne
CLOSE WATCH: Brad Blewett from Mermaid Beach on the Gold Coast, formerly Alstonville, keeps a keen eye on his keys as partne

Thieves strike at beach Valuables stolen from sunbathers at Shelly Beach

By RENEE REDMOND

rredmond@northern star.com.au

BEACHGOER Brad Blewett always secures valuables before hitting the surf ? he only ever takes his keys.

"I hide my keys in the sand dunes on the way down to the water and leave my towel, clothes, mobile phone and wallet locked in the car," the 29-year-old surfer said.

"A lot of surfers hide their keys up under the front tyre of their car, but everyone knows that spot."

On Thursday, Brad and his girlfriend, Michelle Corbo, were taking a dip at Shelly Beach in Ballina, which has become a hotspot for petty thefts.

Police crime prevention officer Senior Constable Michael Hogan said the spate of thefts at Shelly Beach should act as a warning to others.

At Shelly Beach this week, a Goonellabah woman who left a calico bag on the sand with her clothes, purse, house and car keys and driving glasses inside, had it stolen when she went for a swim.

Snr Const Hogan said a second woman's bag was stolen this week while she was reading on Shelly Beach. The thief crept up from behind.

"Undercover and uniformed police will increase patrols on the beach over the Christmas holidays to target these thieves," he said.



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