Stolen car found with keys

Last updated 21:50 03/01/2014
Caroline and Darren Williamson
STACY SQUIRES/ Fairfax NZ

TRYING TIMES: Caroline and Darren Williamson with 1-year-old Daniel in Christchurch Hospital. While they were away getting treatment for him, burglars twice targeted their home in Lower Hutt.

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A Lower Hutt family who had their car stolen just after their son was diagnosed with cancer have had it returned - with the keys in the ignition.

Darren and Caroline Williamson’s one-year-old son, Daniel, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia just before Christmas and the family were rushed to Christchurch for specialist treatment.

Their car was stolen from their Alicetown home on Boxing Day, but was found with the keys left in it, undamaged and with nothing stolen from it in Epuni today. 

Police say the family were extremely happy it had been found, but officers still needed help to find the culprits.

Police would like to hear from anyone in the Trinity Ave area who may have information about the car, a blue Nissan Sentra station wagon, or who may have seen someone hanging around the car.

The thieves had also returned after stealing the car to burgle the couple’s home.

Mr Williamson told Fairfax Media at the time he felt they had been "kicked while you’re down".

Friends started a Give A Little donation page for the family so they could be supported while Daniel had chemotherapy. The page has raised nearly $8000.

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- The Dominion Post

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