Mum's pain for trashed car

Melanie Streader of Casuarina with her damaged car.
Melanie Streader of Casuarina with her damaged car.

CASUARINA'S Melanie Streader wants the “heartless” vandals who trashed her car to understand the consequences their actions have caused.

The single mother has been left with a massive bill after her insurance did not cover the considerable damage joy-riders caused to her car last week.

“I cannot afford to get it fixed,” Ms Streader said.

“Towing alone was $300, before I even started repairing my car.”

Ms Streader's car was stolen from her home at Casuarina early last Thursday morning.

“The front and rear windscreens were smashed, as well as the two front side windows.

“There were bricks and rocks throughout the car.

“They did burn-outs and doughnuts in it until it stopped running.”

The car was found by police in a deserted field on Round Mountain Road, west of Hastings Point, among other burnt-out wrecks later in the day.

“I'm just thankful the police found it when they did or it would've been torched,” Ms Streader said.

“I went to the field the next day and 200 metres up the road there was another Commodore in a ditch.

“The police said the other car was not there the day before.”

Ms Streader described the hooligans as “brainless”.

“I'm just so angry and really annoyed that they've got no heart.”

“Only a few CDs and loose change were stolen.”

Ms Streader believed her car was one of three vehicles stolen from Casuarina on the morning after the State of Origin.

“I'm pretty sure it would have been a gang because I don't know how else they stole three cars in one night,” Ms Streader said.

“It looked like there was some sort of party.”

Inspector Darren Steel confirmed that one other car was stolen from Casuarina that morning and found the next day at a Hastings Point petrol station.

“This car was not trashed,” he said.

Insp Steel said they have no suspects for either robbery.

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