Thief turns trash into treasure

More than $100 of bottles and cans were recently stolen from the Nangwarry Football and Netball Club recycling bins.

Reportedly the recycling was stolen sometime between 6pm Sunday night and 9am Monday morning in the days that followed the club celebrating its first A Grade win in eight years.

Penola Recycling Depot manager Georg Diegmann said it was “very disappointing” to find out the recycling had been stolen.

“Out of the bins that I bring down from Penola, four of those got emptied and I think there was probably two or three of the footy club’s own bins as well,” Mr Diegmann said.

“Based on the average volume that you get out of one of our bins, you’d be talking between $130 to $150 worth of recycling that’s been taken.

“For a club that’s battled for the last couple of years since the fire, to finally get the club built and have a win under the belt after eight years, great job, but this has just put a dampener on the whole thing as far as I’m concerned.”

Mr Diegmann did not believe recycling had been stolen from the Nangwarry club in the past, but knew it had happened to a couple of other football clubs.

“It’s an unfortunate thing, people think it’s easy money,” he said.

“When you’re talking 10 cents per item, it soon adds up pretty quick when you have got rubbish bins full of them.”

Mr Diegmann said there was talk about getting a security cage or something similar at the club to lock the bins in to prevent this happening again in the future.

“Hopefully somebody in the town knows of who may or may not have done it and can relay the information to the appropriate people,” he said.

Anyone who has further information can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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