‘Life has come to a stand still’ after burglary
"TIMES have changed" according to one Gayndah resident, after having her house and car broken into.
On the evening of October 26, Wendy Kirk had gone to lock her house for the night when she noticed her garage lights were on.
When she went to investigate, she saw her car doors were open with the glove box contents spilt everywhere.
Puzzled by this, she went back to ask her husband Trevor what he had tried to find in the car, to see drawers in the cupboards downstairs had also been opened.
"Once I walked in I realised they had broken in, and searched the bedrooms downstairs too," Mrs Kirk said.
"They had stolen my bag which had my wallet in it, my jewellery bag, and cash."
Mrs Kirk estimates she would've had lost over $300 in cash, along with several bank cards and licences.
Labelling the thieves as "opportunitists", she believes they took advantage of the neighbourhood on a Saturday night.
"We were talking with some neighbours and one of them had their screen door broken into, but luckily they couldn't get in through their other door.
"Another neighbour told us her dogs were barking like crazy around the same time as well."
After living here for 10 years, it was hard for Mrs Kirk to fathom how something as sinister as this could've happened in her community.
"We've had no worries for years, but I guess they know people around here don't lock up straight away on dark."
Due to this incident, Mrs Kirk and her husband will now have to pay for new licences and wait for new credit cards to arrive.
"Your life just comes to a stand still, with my husband not even being able to buy the paper on the weekend."
Preliminary inquiries have been made by the police, with senior constable Brendan Florance saying they've located evidence.
"Scene of crimes have located a finger print, so that'll go through processing," Sen Const Florance said.
"So if their fingerprint is in the database, they'll be located, and if not then it'll only be a matter of time until they're caught."
With more incidents like this occurring in the North Burnett, Snr Const Florance is encouraging the community to reach out to them directly.
"People need to understand that just because it's on Facebook, doesn't mean we are aware of it.
"So if you've had stuff stolen or broken into, please contact us directly in Gayndah, or call police link on 13 14 44."