A TV weather forecaster’s car was stolen from a popular Schoolies strip in the middle of a live crotch – as the Nine star reveals he was talking to the ‘teen thieves right before they took off’
- TV weatherman stole his car in front of his eyes during a live cross
- Channel Nine reporter Luke Bradnam presents the weather in Surfers Paradise
- Moments before the cross presenter joked with the alleged thieves
- But when he finished, he realized someone was stealing his Ford Ranger ute
- Police later arrested three teenagers and charged them with alleged theft
A TV weather forecaster stole his car in front of his eyes while delivering a live cross to the camera.
Channel Nine presenter Luke Bradnam presented it again from Cavill Avenue on the Gold Coast – a popular Schoolies nightlife street in Surfers Paradise – around 6 p.m. Tuesday when a group of youngsters allegedly stole his Ford Ranger-ute.
Three teenagers were arrested later that evening at around 11:30 PM, just a few hundred yards away from where they would have left by car.
Mr Bradnam admitted to leaving the keys in the contact and joking with the youngsters just before the alleged theft.
Channel Nine presenter Luke Bradnam (left) stole his car while delivering a live cross to the Gold Coast on Tuesday
‘I’m done with the weather and I take out my earpiece and look around and my car reverses. I actually started to laugh – I thought it was a friend who was joking, ‘he told the Gold Coast Bulletin.
‘But then I could see how aggressively it was being reversed and suddenly I realized this was someone stealing my car.’
The reporter said he tried to stop the theft by running in front of the car and opening the door, but the door was locked and the group would then have driven off the Gold Coast Highway.
Mr. Bradnam said before his crotch that he had laughed and joked with the accused thieves.
“I even said ‘you guys come and do it again,’ and I thought nothing more,” he said.
Mr. Bradnam suggested a presentation for Channel Nine. He admitted to leaving the keys in the ignition and joking with the youngsters just before the alleged theft
The trio reportedly gathered two other youths after stealing the car before being tracked down by police.
Police have charged three teenagers aged 14, 15 and 17 with unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
The 17-year-old was also charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and driving without a driver’s license.
The 15-year-old, meanwhile, was hit by extra small drug charges.
Mr. Bradnam’s car hasn’t been found yet.
He said he had lost two Ironman medals in his glove box that he wanted to put in a list and that he was forced to rent a car to get around.
Mr Bradman said he initially thought the theft was a case of ‘a friend joking’ when he pulled out his earmold at the end of the crotch