Burglaries sadden volunteer

ALANA DIXON
Last updated 05:00 06/09/2012
Terry Millar
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NOT HAPPY: Riverton Fire Brigade volunteer Terry Millar with his dog, Brutus.

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A long-serving Riverton Fire Brigade volunteer has been sorely repaid, with his home broken into twice in the past month, both times while he was at Fire Service events.

Terry Millar said his house was first broken into on the night of August 6, when a bottle of whisky was taken.

The second time, on August 22, items including more alcohol, keys, a wallet - with "quite a few bob in it" - and his driver's licence and credit cards, along with his Fire Service pager, were stolen.

Mr Millar, who also served in the navy for six years in his younger days, had been a member of the Riverton Fire Brigade for 17 years.

Both times that his house was burgled, Mr Millar had been at the fire brigade, training and at a meeting.

"I think, you know, helping the community for zero for all these years, and this bugger comes along and rips off, it's not right," he said.

He believed the same person was responsible for both thefts.

When asked what he thought of the culprit, Mr Millar said his response might contain some strong language.

"You wouldn't be able to print it."

The person who broke into his home had come in through the back door, he said.

Constable Kelvin Templeton said anybody with information about the thefts should contact the Riverton police or the anonymous Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555111.

alana.dixon@stl.co.nz

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