Scum loot pair's home
PAUL Hage is a heartbroken man.
It seems ransacking and looting this 81-yearold's North Rockhampton home was not enough for thieves, who last week stooped even lower when they stole his war medals.
"I can't believe they'd take my medals,'' Mr Hage said.
"What the hell good are they to anyone else?''
Mr Hage and his wife June had been in Brisbane for three weeks undergoing medical tests when a neighbour called to tell them they had been burgled.
Mrs Hage, 75, said everything that ever meant anything to them had been stolen.
She said as well as obvious items of value such as electrical goods, thieves had also taken an antique bracelet that belonged to her mother, her Frank Sinatra record collection and even a table- cloth her mother had crocheted for her before she died.
"You can get your televisions and your (grandchildren's) PlayStations back, but you can't get things back like the earrings my kids gave me for my 70th birthday which were engraved with my name,'' Mrs Hage said.
"We feel really violated.
"It's taking a couple of days to come to terms with what's happened.''
Mr Hage said while he may be able to get replacement medals, they could never beat the sentimental value of the originals.
He said the four World War II standard service medals were presented to him on his discharge after four years in New Guinea.
Mr Hage said he was involved in a secret mission as part of his service which he did not want to discuss except to say that the journey had been worse than the Kokoda Track.
He said he had marched every Anzac Day since 1995 and was now being joined by some of his proud grandchildren.
"A replacement is not the same. These were important.''
Mrs Hage said they had lived in their North Rockhampton home on Lauga Street for 54 years.
She said it was the first time they had been broken into. Mrs Hage said their neighbours, who had also lived in the street for decades, always looked out for one another.
The Hages appealed to the thieves to at least return Mr Hage's medals.