A Murray Bridge child battling brain tumours has had teddy bears, cards and a quad bike stolen from his family’s Murray Bridge property earlier this week.
Murray Mallee Crime Prevention Unit’s Sergeant Karen Newman said the six year-old boy has just been treated in hospital and the family had only just moved into the Christian Road house before the break-in between 12.30am and 5.30am on Tuesday, December 12.
“They moved here and they had been here for three days, the items were still in boxes,” she said.
“The fact that they’ve moved here and they’re dealing with a child with a serious illness, and someone has put this extra burden on the family by stealing these items, it’s extremely stressful for them.
“She (the mother) really doesn’t know (what was taken) until she goes through all the boxes.”
Sgt Newman said the family’s garage was entered sometime between 12.30am and 5.30am on Tuesday, January 12 and items were stolen, including a red and black children’s electric quad bike (pictured) which was connected to an electrical source at the time tocharge; a blue child’s motorbike helmet with flashes of different colours; and a cardboard box with the boy’s personal items.
Among the personal items are all his teddy bears and get well cards from when he was in hospital, and certificates used to mark off each stage of his treatment.
“It’s quite a large box, mainly with stuff packed up from the boy’s room,” she said.
The family is believed to have been home at the time, but they did not hear anything out of the ordinary and police do not know how entry was gained.
Police are unsure whether there was more than one person involved, but appealed for the items to be given back as they were important to the family.
“Obviously the two items were stolen over a five-hour period, so I can’t assume whether it was one person or more,” Sgt Newman said.
“The items are extremely sentimental to the family, and if anyone has a conscience, they can return them to any police station – they can be returned anonymously.”
Anyone who has seen the items, saw anyone in the area removing items at the time, or has information which can help with the investigation should contact CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000 or https://sa.crimestoppers.com.au. You can remain anonymous.
Police will continue to investigate the matter.