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Stolen hovercraft returned to owner as WA Police nab Wheatbelt man

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A person within the Wheatbelt city of Merredin has been charged with two counts of stealing, over a hovercraft taken from an airfield close to Coolgardie.

The $25,000 vessel is powered by a fan engine and is utilized by its proprietor to go prospecting on salt lakes within the space.

It was found at a Merredin dwelling on Sunday, two weeks after it was reported lacking.

Merredin Police Performing Senior Sergeant Andy Galbraith mentioned he had by no means seen a case fairly prefer it.

“Definitely a humorous story for our guys,” he mentioned. 

“I would be very stunned to return throughout one other hovercraft within the subsequent 10–15 years trigger it is taken that lengthy to this point, and it might effectively take that lengthy to seek out one once more.”

To help police within the seek for his prized possession, the prospector did some digging of his personal.

After he made a collection of posts on Fb, police acquired info from the general public, which resulted in fees being laid.

Performing Senior Sergeant Galbraith mentioned it appeared the tools was not used whereas it was lacking.

“We’re fairly assured it has been parked up,” he mentioned.

“I am unable to think about a hovercraft is the best factor to eliminate on a few of the conventional boards folks promote issues.