Thieves take family?s heirlooms



THIEVES stole a woman's treasured family jewellery, worth about $10,000, in a robbery at Rockhampton Plaza Hotel's car park overnight Tuesday.

A family from the Northern Territory had stopped in the city for one night as they drove to the Gold Coast for a holiday.

"Sometime between 9.30pm (Tuesday) and 8.30am (Wednesday) there has been an unlawful entry to a vehicle, a red Toyota Prado,'' Rockhampton CIB Detective Senior Constable Kelly Hanlen said.

"About $10,000 of jewellery and a laptop were taken. "The family (two parents and two children) were very disappointed.''

She said most of the stolen jewellery was distinctive Montana silver.

"This jewellery had sentimental value ... there were a lot of family heirlooms,'' Senior Constable Hanlen said.

Among items taken were chains, rings (including a wedding ring), ear rings and a locket.

The thieves smashed one of the vehicle's back windows and then used a jimmy bar to get into the vehicle.

The jewellery was in a box in a luggage bag.

"They went through the luggage and all the clothes,'' Senior Constable Hanlen said.

"Nothing else was taken, although it was a bit weird because they cut the cord to a CB radio in the vehicle.

Police are asking anyone who may have seen something sus- picious in the area on Tuesday night to call them on 4932 1500.

"Also, the jewellery is quite distinct, so please call us if you have any information,'' Detective Senior Constable Hanlen said.



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