Volunteer 'gutted' by theft

01:28, Jun 15 2011
NO CAR: St John Ambulance volunteer, Alice Coombes, had her car stolen from the St Johns car park while she was working there.

A woman whose job is dedicated to helping other people has been left devastated after a thief relieved her of her car - while she was at work.

Volunteer ambulance driver Alice Coombes, who is training to become a fully-qualified paramedic, is wondering how she will get to Auckland to attend class after her grey Nissan Pulsar was taken from outside Huntly St John in the early hours of Monday morning.

"I walked outside and thought it was a joke at first, but then I saw some glass in the carpark and tyre marks across the grass - it was pretty gutting," Ms Coombes told the Waikato Times.

The Matangi resident was on duty with station manager Barry Ibell who was upset one of his volunteers had been the target of theft.

"These guys are helping the community by giving their time and this is the thanks they get. It's pretty low," he said.

Ms Coombes is currently studying at AUT in Auckland, and is now unsure exactly how she will make class with a vehicle.

"I have to be in Auckland next week so I will see if I can borrow a vehicle in the meantime - it's just a hassle that I don't really need," she said.

Huntly Police  investigating the theft have asked anyone who has information to come forward.


Waikato Times