Donald Simpson had his trailer stolen from the CQ Military Museum compound after thieves cut through the padlocked gate.
Donald Simpson had his trailer stolen from the CQ Military Museum compound after thieves cut through the padlocked gate. Chris Ison

Thieves target museum

IF stealing a trailer from the CQ Military Museum wasn't bad enough, Rockhampton's Donald Simpson was left stunned when a woman tried to pinch the toilet rolls.

Donald, 80, came forward this week to speak about the theft of his trailer which was stolen from the grounds of the museum overnight on February 1.

Thieves used bolt cutters to cut through the padlocked gate to steal the 6x4 green trailer, which has a steel canopy.

But if you thought this act of theft was a one-off, think again.

It appears even a museum isn't immune from petty theft these days.

Donald, who spent more than 20 years as an army reservist, does voluntary work at the museum a couple of times each week.

He said about a year ago someone knocked off the gas bottle for the barbecue.

And not so long ago, he came across a woman carrying rolls of toilet paper under her arm at the museum.

When Donald asked what she was doing, she put them on the ground and raced off.

The attempted theft led to the museum having to padlock the toilets.

Donald lends his trailer freely to those who need it. That's why it was kept at the museum so other volunteers could use it.

Anyone with information about the theft should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333  000.



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