Heartbroken over stolen photos

TWO Bundaberg children have been left with only memories of their dead parents, after thieves stole a computer and camera containing all of their photographs.

Shane Horan, who will turn 12 on Monday, and his 13-year-old sister Emily were left orphans after their father died in April, and were taken in by former neighbour Debbie Male who is now their foster mum.

But the children will have to celebrate Shane's birthday not only without their parents, but without their precious mementoes.

“It makes me really sad knowing that I can't get my dad's pictures back,” Shane said.

“I don't feel safe in the house any more.”

Mrs Male said the children were heartbroken by the burglary, which took place between 2am and 6am yesterday morning while the family slept.

“They're just devastated. I know a laptop might not sound like much to some people, but it had the only photos they've got of their dad,” Mrs Male said.

“The laptop and camera, we can replace eventually, but we can never ever replace the photos.”

Mrs Male said the family had just bought an external hard-drive to back up the photos, but she had not had time to transfer them before the theft occurred.

As well as the laptop and camera, two mobile telephones and a GPS unit were stolen.

It is believed the offenders got in through the back door while the family's dogs, which normally protect the yard, sheltered from heavy rain inside.

Mrs Male begged the thief to do the right thing.

“These children have been through two big tragedies already,” she said.

“It would be a brilliant birthday present for Shane if he could get his photos back, even if they just burn the photos to a disc.”

Bundaberg Police are investigating the break-in.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

The items or a disc can be handed in at the NewsMail.

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