Tewantin man charged with offences in Noosa River

Constable Sean Baxter retrieving an alleged stolen jet ski from the mangroves of Lake Weyba.

By Abbey Cannan

37-year-old Tewantin man Gilleard Pearson appeared in Noosa Magistrates Court on Tuesday 19 March regarding alleged offences committed in the Noosa River.

Noosa police charged the man after investigations into a string of recent offences reported across the Noosa River and its tributaries.

Charges include Enter and Commit an Indictable Offence on a Vessel, Unlawful Use of a Vessel (jet ski), fuel theft and other theft from vessels moored along the river, drug offences and property suspected stolen offences.

During the Investigations police searched a Tewantin residence and located property suspected of being stolen from the vessel Catalina.

Police also retrieved a Kawasaki jet ski valued at $20,000 from mangroves that they believed to be stolen from Noosa Inlet on 25 February 2019.

He was released on strict bail conditions which include him not being permitted on a powered or unpowered vessel along the Noosa River or its tributaries.

The man is due to appear again in Noosa Magistrates Court on Tuesday 2 April.

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