Family 'stoked' stolen car found with treasured possessions inside
A family has gone from dejected to "stoked" with the return of their stolen car but the thief could be suffering indigestion.
A car full of possessions belonging to Kirsty Webster Cilekar and Musti Cilekar was stolen from Tennyson St, in central Wellington, early on Sunday morning.
The car was found on Tuesday along with most of their possessions of sentimental value. Still missing were their wedding rings and arthritis medication, which has a side-effect of causing indigestion.
They had only moved from Nelson on Saturday for Webster Cilekar to start a new job in Wellington this week. Their children – Papatia, 9, and Ruzgar, 6 – are joining them this week.
The only items of material value were some gold given to the children when they were born, and the couple's wedding rings.
But in the car were pre-digital photos, Ruzgar's buzzy bee toy, Lego, a PlayStation, all their clothes, medication for Cilekar's arthritis, and pictures.
Even the Subaru car was inherited from Webster Cilekar's father after he died.
"It's all the little things – the kids' drawings – that were going to make the house a home," Webster Cilekar said following the theft.
Police had told them there was not enough evidence to proceed but the case would be reopened if more came to light.
And it did.
On Tuesday night, police called to say the car had been spotted in Cockayne Rd, Ngaio. The ignition was "a mess" and the radio had been pulled out, but when they got to the car they were able to start it with a screwdriver.
"The clothes and mementos are mostly there, anything of any monetary value is gone - they went through everything pretty well," Webster Cilekar said
Despite what was lost, including the wedding rings, the family were "stoked".
"They also seem to have taken all of Musti's medicine, not that it'll do much for them, one of them gives really bad indigestion," she said
Police were to fingerprint the car.
- The Dominion Post