Treasured jewellery, family heirlooms stolen from elderly couple
A WARWICK woman has been left heartbroken after thieves broke into her elderly parents' caravan and stole family heirlooms.
Anne Giffin said her parents Len and Robyn Auld were visiting when thieves jemmied their caravan door open and stole $700 cash, a new watch, a ring with her grandmother's engagement jewel in it and collection of mint coins.
"Forty years ago we went on a family trip to the mint, and that was what mum and dad bought for us eight kids," Miss Giffin said.
"We rarely got holidays, and mum and dad had to work hard to support us.
"The coins had our names in them, including my brother who died.
"For this to be stolen is like a kick in the face."
Miss Giffin said her mother made tea towels to earn extra money, and had been forced to go to Toowoomba to sell her wares, rather than continue their travels.
"They won't be able to leave until they can make some money back," she said.
"Dad is 82 and working.
"They worked their whole life, and then someone would have walked past, seen the caravan, broken
in and just ripped their hearts out."
Police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Jamie Deacon said unique items like those stolen from the Aulds would most likely end up being sold online.
"Because of our proximity to Toowoomba, there's a number of ways people can dispose of property, like through secondhand dealers, word of mouth or Gumtree, Warwick Classifieds, or Buy, Swap Sell pages," he said.
A gold watch, with a square face and white background with diamantes on the side
Ring with a diamond
A thin, rose gold bracelet and necklace
Collection of 40-year-old mint-condition coins, still in the packaging
If you saw anything suspicious on Wood St, opposite Foodworks, last Monday night, call Warwick police on 46604444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.