VIDEO: Brave tradie brings teen bottleshop thief to justice
WATCHING three youths run down the street with a booty of stolen liquor spurred Cambooya man Charles Moore on to make a citizen's arrest.
The 40-year-old was stopped at a red light at the intersection of Mort and West Sts on Tuesday afternoon when he noticed the young men running away from the Fiveways Hotel bottle shop with their arms full of alcohol.
"I thought it was a bit strange," Mr Moore said.
"They were dropping beer bottles and they didn't stop."
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He first went into the drive-thru where it was quickly confirmed the three youths had fled without paying for the booze.
"I actually pulled in there to let them know someone had just stole some stuff."
However, seeing the shop attendant on the phone to police prompted him to stick his neck out.
"I jumped in my car and took chase.
"They had gone up a side street."
When he found them, the youths had slowed to a walk.
"As soon as they saw me, they dropped half of it.
"Two went over a couple of fences and through backyards.
"I grabbed the other fellow who was still on the road and asked him a few questions."
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He said the young man looked like he was going to try to make a run for it.
"I told him if he legged it he would make me unhappy."
Mr Moore then locked the young man in his ute before driving him back to the pub.
"He owned up to it all."
Police arrived shortly after and the 17-year-old was charged with stealing.
Mr Moore said he had a particular dislike for thieves, mainly because the cost of shoplifting often meant other people had to pay more for goods.
"I didn't actually think about my own safety until I caught up with them."
A staff member from the Fiveways described Mr Moore's actions as a "blesssing".
Mr Moore said the arresting officers were also grateful for his actions.
"I don't think I'd hesitate to do it again."
Police were yesterday continuing their search for the two outstanding youths from the theft.
Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333000.