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Theft of family photo leaves Emma bewildered

BREAK-IN VICTIMS: As Emma Weldon and Jay Sutcliffe were enjoying themselves camping on the weekend, thieves broke into their Gracemere home. The theft was one of a number of break-ins in the area.
BREAK-IN VICTIMS: As Emma Weldon and Jay Sutcliffe were enjoying themselves camping on the weekend, thieves broke into their Gracemere home. The theft was one of a number of break-ins in the area. Contributed

GRACEMERE'S Emma Weldon can understand why thieves would want to steal the limited edition X Box 360 that went missing from her locked home over the weekend.

The theft of her kitchen knives, while disturbing, also makes sense. But the thing she's struggling to understand is why thieves would want to steal a photo of her and her mother, taken when she was 12.

Emma and her partner Jay Sutcliffe returned home on Sunday night after a weekend away to find their door wide open, despite them leaving it locked when they left on Friday.

They were one of many victims after a spike in the number of break-ins in Gracemere over the weekend.

Rockhampton Police Inspector Virginia Nelson said they had 14 break and enters just over the weekend, with seven of those in Gracemere.

Three took place in a block of units in Lily Pily Avenue, one in Joseph St, one in Seonaid Place and one in Arthur St.

The Gracemere Swimming Club also had a break in, but nothing was taken.

Police are investigating to see if the incidents are linked.

Insp Nelson said all homes that were broken into were locked, however three out of the five cars that were broken into were unlocked.

Emma said they've noticed an increase in incidents in Gracemere over the last two or three months.

Emma said as well as being expensive the X Box was very sentimental as it stored her boyfriend's photos and videos of friends and family.

A decorative 'sugar skull' was also stolen from their home.

How to protect your home

  • Make it appear you are home by keeping lights on or using timers.
  • Connect an old radio or television and use a timer to play music. Modern, electronic ones go onto standby mode.
  • Ask a trusted neighbour to watch your property while you're away
  • Arrange to have someone pick up your mail while you are away or cancel deliveries so people think someone is home collecting it
  • Invest in a good alarm system
  • Lock all exterior doors and windows securely

 

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