Thieves hinder renovation project

18:07, Feb 20 2013
Lynn Dowler
Lynn Dowler had her air compressor and a hot water cylinder stolen from her house which is being renovated.

A woman has appealed for the public's help to find her cherished air compressor which was stolen at the weekend from the house she and her husband are renovating on Beaver Rd, Blenheim.

Lynn Dowler said she the compressor was locked in what will be the rumpus room in the 97-year-old villa at 4pm on Friday, but was gone by Saturday morning.

She had intended to use the compressor to do some spray painting on the exterior of the house, she said.

A 100-year-old copper hot water cylinder and copper down piping were also missing.

The unit, which cost $1200, weighed about 60 kilograms and it would take two people to get remove it from the house, she said.

"I have looked after it so well and kept it covered, it was just like new."


If the public had seen anyone with the compressor or had been approached by anyone trying to sell it they should contact the Blenheim police station, she said.

"Blenheim is not that big, someone must have seen it somewhere, hopefully it will turn up."

Mrs Dowler said the break-in would remain in the back of her mind when she and her husband Henry moved into the house.

"We are going to put in alarms and a big fence. It will be very secure."

Mrs Dowler and her husband, a project manager, moved to Blenheim from Wellington 14 months ago and have been renovating the villa since October last year. She has a background in joinery and furniture restoration and had been doing work on the house herself.

The Marlborough Express