Owner of Rocky Court Motor Inn Neil Wilson views the CCTV footage of a man fleeing the motel after stealing a grieving guest’s purse.
Owner of Rocky Court Motor Inn Neil Wilson views the CCTV footage of a man fleeing the motel after stealing a grieving guest’s purse. Allan Reinikka

Thief strikes at ‘heartbreak' motel

A HEARTBROKEN guest at the Rocky Court Motor Inn was grieving the loss of her father on Tuesday, when a thief stole her purse from outside her room.

A man entered the motel premises and stole the purse from an outside table.

Owner of the motel Neil Wilson said the woman had come to Rockhampton with her family after her father had suffered a stroke.

"He passed away that morning," said Mr Wilson yesterday.

"They were jolly, nice people who didn't deserve this."

Mr Wilson said the woman had been outside her room and went inside for a split second to check on her baby.

"That's all it took, that little instance," he said.

The motel's CCTV captured clear footage of the man fleeing the motel and jumping over the back fence at 5.11pm.

"We have a full frontal picture of him," said Mr Wilson.

Mr Wilson notified police immediately, but he said as of yesterday police had yet come to the motel. He said that crime in that area was generally low.

"You read about all the crime in Rockhampton and see it on TV and then something happens on your doorstep," said Mr Wilson.

"Somebody's got to take a stand.

"I don't have the answer but surely somebody does."

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au.



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