Thefts targeting garden ornaments
A GANG of garden ornament thieves is targeting properties in the Parklands estate, getting away with concrete animals and decorations for their own mysterious purposes.
Alice Gibson, 80, said she had lost a brown concrete model of a dog with the word “welcome” written on it.
The ornament had been near her front gate for 14 years after her husband had put it in place four months before he died.
Mrs Gibson said her neighbour had lost a model of a tree with a koala in it.
“It was cemented in and everything. It must have been heavy,” she said.
Mrs Gibson said she had been told of another neighbour who had lost two models of kookaburras from her garden.
“Another one had a bird bath with two models of doves in it,” she said.
“They took the doves out and left them in the middle of the road and stole the bird bath.”
Mrs Gibson said she had replaced her stolen dog ornament with two kangaroos, worth $60 and $90.
“I’m on a Legacy pension; these ornaments are the only enjoyment I have,” she said.
Even with her dog model gone, Mrs Gibson has plenty more ornaments to console her.
“I’ve got ducks and chickens — they’re beautiful — but I’ve never had any taken before,” she said.
Mrs Gibson said she had not seen anybody taking anything or lurking about near her property.
“I’m not afraid, but I’m spending money and somebody is just picking up and going off with these things,” she said.
“I don’t know what they’re doing with them. I feel they might be taking them and selling them in the markets as second-hand ornaments.”
Mrs Gibson said she had plans for dealing with the thieves if she caught them in the act.
“My father was a boxer, and I’m still pretty sprightly, you know,” she said.
A Bundaberg Police spokeswoman said they had no records of any complaints of thefts being made.