A heartless criminal has stolen a vehicle from the family of a terminally ill man.
A heartless criminal has stolen a vehicle from the family of a terminally ill man.

Heartless thieves target family of terminally ill man

WITH just months to live, a terminally ill Ipswich man and his wife hoped to be celebrating both the beautiful journey and family they created together.

Sadly, the two have instead fallen victim to heartless thieves who unlawfully entered their One Mile home Tuesday morning, stealing one of their vehicles.

The theft comes as an added blow to the family who are still coming to terms with their patriarch's devastating oesophageal cancer diagnosis in March.

His 63-year-old wife, who wished to remain anonymous, spoke to The Queensland Times on Monday in the hope of inspiring both justice and awareness.

"We were woken up this morning buy one of our dogs barking, my partner got out of bed and as he did, we heard a car being started outside our bedroom window," she said.

 

A vehicle similar to this one was stolen from a One Mile address early this morning.
A vehicle similar to this one was stolen from a One Mile address early this morning.

As her husband attempted to chase after the silver 2009 Hyundai Tucson City, the devastated woman noticed her wallet was missing and handbag had been tampered with.

She suspects the thieves had earlier cased out the home to determine the best point of entry.

"It wouldn't be the first time we've had people come onto our property, somebody tried to steal our dog once and a lot of dog poisoning happens in the area," she said.

Fortunately, vigilant neighbours provided the heartbroken couple with CCTV which has since been passed on to police.

"Police tried to take fingerprints this morning, but they think it was a professional thief who wore gloves as there were no fingerprints at all."

"I can't even tell you how I feel at the moment. I just don't feel good. My partner is ropeable, he's really angry about it all."

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Police were unable to find any fingerprints at the scene.
Police were unable to find any fingerprints at the scene.

Tragically, it appears the couple could soon be forced to fork out thousands for a new vehicle as insurance value on the 11-year-old Hyundai dwindles.

"Plus, all the added extras, we've had to change all the locks and put alarm systems on the caravan and other things. It's a lot on a pension income.

"It's an invasion into your whole life and your choices and all the rest of it. We've obviously got limited incomes."

She added Suncorp Insurance suggested she invest in a vehicle tracker in the future, also advising others to do the same.

"As long as you have Wi-Fi then you can locate where your car is. Hopefully there will be fewer cars lost for good if people do this," the woman said. 


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