CALLOUS thieves have stolen a wheelchair from Apollo Bay’s community swimming pool.
Apollo Bay police Leading Senior Constable Andrew Orchard said someone had taken an aquatic wheelchair worth about $3000 from the Costin Street pool this month, during an after-hours break-in.
Sen Const Orchard said pool staff suspected the theft happened on January 11, 12 or 18.
“An unknown person’s got into the pool and had a party – that was reported to police on the 12th,” he said.
“At the time there was no damage but it was evident people had been swimming there and they’d left alcohol cans in the water.”
Sen Const Orchard said the later break-in on January 18 left pool staff to clean up equipment which the offenders had thrown into the pool, including a non-slip mat which would have been under the aquatic wheelchair.
He appealed for the offenders to return the Colac Otway Shire Council-owned wheelchair, which was at Apollo Bay so Colanda disability clients could use the pool.
Certain Colanda residents, who will travel from Colac to the pool once a week, must have a wheelchair to access the pool.
“We would be appealing for it to be returned, not only for the value, but it’s going to be used by people from Colanda at the pool for term one of the school year,” Sen Const Orchard said.
“At the same time, we’re appealing for public help if anyone sees that chair.”
Anyone with information can contact Apollo Bay police.