Pensioners devastated by home break-in
CALLOUS thieves have dealt an Innes Park couple a devastating blow just days before Christmas, after they broke into their home and stole a laptop containing precious family photos and Christmas presents for their grandchildren.
Pensioners Stephanie and Garry Donnell returned home from the Bundaberg Hospital on Monday night, where Mr Donnell had been undergoing treatment for cancer, to find their house cleaned out.
"We came in through the garage and noticed the laptop missing from the kitchen table," Mrs Donnell.
Mrs Donnell said the couple continued to walk through their home and found Christmas presents gone from under their tree, office equipment including a second computer taken from the office, electronic equipment, jewellery and cash all missing.
"The computer contained all Garry's medial records and the laptop had sentimental family photos on it," Mrs Donnell said.
"I lost my sister in October and there were photos of her and other family members who have passed away including my parents."
Mrs Donnell said it appeared the thieves had broken into the locked family home by removing a screen from the office window.
The couple have made an emotional plea for anyone who knows anything to contact Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000 in the hope that they can recover some of their items.
Police investigations into the incident are continuing.