Bernadette Howard has been robbed three times since she returned to Rockhampton last year.
Bernadette Howard has been robbed three times since she returned to Rockhampton last year. Chris Ison Rokcsteal

Robbed three times in 10 months

BERNADETTE Howard cannot understand why a shameless thief robbed her of the precious few mementos she has of her late father.

While she was cleaning at the Red Hill Homemaker Centre on Monday at 7pm, someone broke into her Suzuki 4WD soft-top and stole her purse, mobile phone, cash and cigarettes.

Inside Bernadette's purse were photographs of her dad, who recently passed away.

“The loss of the photos hurt the most,” she said. “But the security guard said it was pointless to report it (to police), because it happens all the time. If it's not nailed down they steal it.”

During the day on Tuesday she searched the area and found receipts from her purse, but no photos.

It was not the first time she was a victim of robbery.

Since moving back to Rocky in September last year she and her partner, Eddie, have been robbed three times.

Eddie lost $2000 worth of fishing gear when thieves broke into their Wandal home earlier this year, and his wallet was stolen when he was out.

Bernadette said if she and Eddie had not invested in a cleaning business three months ago they would have left Rockhampton in a heartbeat.

“We keep saying we should go back to South Australia to the dairy farm we were working at, but we can't now we've got the business.”

But the couple know how to look on the bright side.

“We just think they can't steal our happiness,” she said.

Bernadette and Eddie are only two of many victims.

Rockhampton police said there were a spate of car break-ins and robberies last weekend and warned owners to ensure their cars were always locked and valuable possessions were not left in the car.

If you have any information on the robberies call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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