Police are investigating a recent break-in at Whyalla Norrie where a large amount of cash, consisting entirely of $100 notes, and a number of precious family items were stolen.
Between Thursday, December 29 and Monday, January 7 entry was gained to a home on Schultz Avenue and the items were stolen from within.
Returning from a holiday, the owners of the Shultz Avenue property arrived in Whyalla to discover their home had been turned upside down.
Every single room of their family home had been upturned, every drawer and cupboard opened and tipped out on to the floor.
They discovered their hard earned money had been stolen from their safe, having been ripped out of it’s location leaving them shocked and saddened.
To make matters worse, they came to the realisation a lot of other items had been taken including gift cards given at Christmas and jewellery they owned.
Amongst the items, they sadly lost their engagement and wedding rings. They were even more distressed to realise the theives had taken from them their beloved parents jewellery.
A pocket watch that had been handed down of 150 years, and an engagement and anniversary ring worn by their daughter at her own wedding.
The home owners have since discovered the money taken will not come back through insurance nor will the sentimental items that were taken which are invaluable and irreplaceable.
Not only do they have to go through knowing strangers have been in their home, they are having to put all of their belongings back in drawers and cupboards, dealing with the heartache of losing their possessions and trying to feel safe again in their own home.
For those that know the owners who have lived in Whyalla for over 60years, know that they are good souled people and would give their shirt off their backs if anybody needed it.
Whyalla CIB are investigating the incident and ask local businesses to be aware of any customers paying for items with numerous $100 notes in circumstances which may appear suspicious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Whyalla Police Station on 8648 8020.