Couple hit by burglars again
A Pleasant Point couple have been targeted by burglars three times in eight months.
Brendon Vanstone and Annelies Cloake have put latches on the windows, changed the locks and installed an alarm this week as thieves appear to be getting more daring each time they enter the property. Their home was ransacked in the latest incident when the couple were out, on Friday night.
Every cupboard, drawer and space in the home was rummaged through and personal belongings taken. Even the spare set of house keys are gone.
But the 15 years of cherished memories lost in the haul has hurt them most. Family photographs and videos stored on a laptop and a backup hard drive are gone.
The couple are adamant they haven't given anyone a reason to target them. "You just get suspicious and non-trusting," Ms Cloake said.
"We are obsessed now; you walk past every window and look out every window."
Jewellery passed on from Ms Cloake's grandmother, a passport, and three digital cameras were also stolen. "It's all good and well to put an alarm in, but that won't stop the bastards," Mr Vanstone said.
The first incident happened barely weeks after they moved in. Tools were taken from the shed. Then, in March more tools, a snowboard and laptop were taken from the garage.
But it's the memories they treasure most - all gone with the laptop and hard drive. "The Mac laptop, covered in stickers and chipped around the keyboard, is worth nothing to anyone else," Mr Vanstone said. "I'd buy it back off the guy and wouldn't report it if I could."
Constable Tim Hartnell, who is investigating, confirmed the couple had been targeted three times.
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