Brazen theft of stunning flowers from Avoca home
A WIDOW has been left feeling shocked and saddened after discovering 30 of her late husband's orchids had been stolen from their shade house.
Noela Miskin said she had been tending to the Cattleya orchids and various other plants at her home in Avoca after her husband Arthur died over three years ago.
"He had a passion for orchids ever since someone brought one to him at his butcher shop in East Bundaberg. He grew them ever since," she said.
"It is my husband's legacy to my children and I am trying to keep them alive."
Mrs Miskin said it was her daughter-in-law who realised the orchids had disappeared after noticing a large hole had been cut into the front of the shade house.
"We were all out at an engagement party on the weekend of October 31 and on the Monday we found the hole," she said.
"I think it was someone who knows about orchids because they picked the best ones. They knew what they were looking for."
A total of 30 Cattleya orchids in their pots were stolen and Mrs Miskin said she had been left feeling devastated.
"The thief will never know the emotional damage they have caused," she said.
"I am saddened by this and my children are very upset.
"These beautiful flowers were to be handed on to them when I pass."
Mrs Miskin said the orchids were unique and costly.
"They are quite expensive and come in a range of colours such as beautiful purples, yellows, pinks and whites," she said.
"Not only was it my husband's hobby, it has also grown into a love of my own and keeps me alive.
"I just want people to be aware that there are thieves out there who are doing this sort of thing. I now feel frightened in my own home."
The incident was reported to Bundaberg Police.