A Gold Coast influencer with a penchant for colourful antics has fallen victim to a notorious group of youths.
And Troy “Candy” Williams has a message for the teens who stole from him and his heavily pregnant partner: It’s not too late to change.
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Williams, a car enthusiast with 165,000 Instagram followers, says the group ransacked his partner’s Mercedes while it was parked in his driveway, as the couple loaded and installed baby gear into the home.
They managed to take a wallet and bag full of “a couple of grand’s worth of accessories”, Williams said.
The youths, believed to be part of a known youth gang, appeared to taunt Williams by tagging him in a social media video of them going through the car.
“They knew exactly what they were doing and who they were doing it to,” Williams said.
“They had no regard to getting caught. It was the middle of the day. We were in and out – maybe the front door was very open.
“They wouldn’t have cared to have got caught, to do that and film it and put it on social media.
“My partner, she’s having a kid in two weeks. She was freaking out, that feeling of unsafety. They clearly knew we were here and had no regard for it.”
After Williams posted about what happened in social media, the identities of the thieves were provided to him “within a very short time”.
He did not go to police, and was instead able to retrieve his belongings after “making a few visits”.
Williams spoke with a father of one of the teens and the mother of another – who then broke down in front of him.
“To see his mum break into tears, ask for help, told me her life story … and they’re off the rails and she doesn’t know what to do – that was upsetting to see,” he said.
Williams has himself been in the spotlight for brushes with the law, last month being fined $2000 for performing a burnout at a massive hoon meeting on the Gold Coast.
He has also posted footage of himself performing similar stunts in cars.
But he pleaded with the youths involved in the theft to find a way out of their petty lives of crime, saying their behaviour would end in tragedy.
“They’re joyriding cars for a bit of fun,” he said.
“You can get away with that life for a while, and you might have a few thrills.
“But eventually, something’s going to catch up with you. It’s never, ever a happy ending.
“The only times I saw people that I grew up with finally get out of that life was when something life changing happened for the worst.
“It’s not going to be long before one of these kids gets killed, (or) they kill someone.
“It’s not too late to seek help and get out of that lifestyle, and put your hand up and speak to someone.”