Thieves spoil mango lady's trip to the Rockhampton region
DRIVING 10 hours to sell her mangoes in Yeppoon on Saturday morning, the last thing Sharon Saxby expected was to be taken advantage of by opportunistic thieves.
The woman, who lives an hour south of Townsville in Home Hill, had over $3000 in till and sales money stolen from her stall at Yeppoon's Community Markets Saturday morning.
Sharon drives down almost every week to sell her mangoes during the summer season.
Her mobile phone, containing precious photos and messages from her late niece was also taken.
This comes as a spate of thefts have taken place in the area over the past week to several other Yeppoon businesses.
Speaking with The Morning Bulletin yesterday, Sharon said the police had informed her that they'd narrowed the search down to 50 registered vehicles that fit the description as well as the driver.
But they weren't optimistic about her getting the money back.
Sharon was also told by her insurance company that her policy did not cover theft of cash.
There was a small miracle on Sunday however, after a good Samaritan found Sharon's phone on Tanby Rd and had it returned to her.
"So it's in Townsville now for police to fingerprint test it and hopefully whoever has done this will have fingerprint's in the system and can be tracked down," Sharon said.
"One of the Yeppoon teachers saw the person stealing the money and got the details of the vehicle and a really good description of him."
Sharon, who's been selling produce at the Yeppoon markets for about eight year said she believed there was four people involved.
"You just don't expect someone to do it," she said.
"Judy who runs the markets was actually going round to the other stalls after that and taking people's money tins while they were talking to customers just to show them how easy it was.
"I think it's been a big eye opener for us all."
She wanted to thank the community for their kindness and support during and after the ordeal.
"We're going to continue going, we love the other stall holders and they all came to my aid, they're unbelievable people," she said.