Thieves shatter pensioners' dream
PENSIONERS Judy and Eddie Self had their holiday dreams ripped away when their camper van was stolen from Banora Point.
The Melbourne couple were a few days into their driving adventure when they stopped in Tweed and had their van stolen from outside a friend's home.
Mr Self said there were important personal objects and papers in the van along with many of the couple's possessions.
“We are pensioners so this is all we have got. We got the van so we could have holidays because this is all we could afford and now there will be no more holidays, they have stripped away our lifestyle,” Mr Self said.
“We had just started out from Melbourne and we were hoping to holiday for six weeks but now we are heading straight home and we hope the insurance will cover our accommodation until we get home.
“We were planning to drive north with the sun, but now that's over.”
Mr Self said there were some items in the van that can not be replaced.
“All our personal papers were in there along with DVDs and books. There were two books that my mother gave me which I consult all the time which were in the van and are now gone,” Mr Self said.
“We just cannot afford the big holidays so this was our plan for the next ten years.”
The Self couple said a neighbour noticed the van in front of the Banora Point home at 1am on August 7.
“The neighbours across the road noticed the van had gone but they thought we had just left and it was not until 6.30am on Saturday morning that we noticed it had gone and we immediately rang the police,” Mrs Self said.
“The van is a Jayco pop-top model with the dealers name Page Brothers on the back and is white with a light blue trim; it has Victorian licence plates with the number Q23368 and is 17 foot long.
“It has a shower and toilet inside and the independent suspension, which makes it look higher off the ground.”
The van has two single windows at the front, two nine kilo gas bottles attached and is in immaculate condition.
“We would appreciate it if anybody has seen anything if they could notify the police,” Mrs Self said.
Tweed Heads Police Inspector Darren Steel said not a lot of camper vans went missing in the area“ Residents should contact police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000,” he said.