Home burgled while owner in surgery
A Wellington woman's home was burgled while she lay helpless on a surgery table, police have been told.
Laura Adams says thousands of dollars of electronic equipment, including two external hard drives which contained precious family photographs, were taken while she was under going reconstructive knee surgery on Thursday afternoon.
Her 17-year-old son Micah, had been staying at a friend's house and returned to their family home in Melrose on Friday to find the front door open.
''Everything in the house was tipped up, all the drawers were tipped out and they've stolen cameras, things like that.''
Ms Adams was advised by her doctors that she needed to spend the next two weeks with her leg elevated in order to fully recover from her operation.
Instead she is having to assist police in their inquiries in an attempt to try and recover what was stolen from her.
Detective Sergeant Mike Priston said police had received a complaint and conducted a scene examination.
They were investigating Ms Adams' complaint.
''I suppose you feel a little violated... particularly if it's someone who may have known I was in the hospital. It makes me feel sad about humanity.''
The stolen hard drives included scanned copies of her grandparents' photographs, as well as some photos she took with her father, who is terminally ill with cancer and lives in Canada.
She was hoping the hard drives would be returned as they held more sentimental than monetary value.
''The laptop computers are valuable but they can be replaced. I've lost all our family photos, things that can't be replaced.''
Ms Adams believed the burglar or burglars may have known she would be in hospital and took advantage of the opportunity.
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