Treasured 45s and car gone
Dancing has been cancelled at the Onehunga senior citizens hall after thieves made off with nearly 250 records.
Ray Mason, who started the Waimarie Round Dance Club three years ago, had his car stolen from the Waller St carpark last Wednesday afternoon.
In the vehicle were 249 records, as well as speakers, leads, wires, four microphones and a turntable, worth thousands of dollars.
Mr Mason had just finished a dance class and left the equipment in his car while he went to the bank at 3.20pm.
When he returned 20 minutes later, his white 1993 Toyota Corona was gone.
“I wept. That’s my whole life’s savings gone, there is so much money involved.”
The stolen records were all 45s and most were for round dancing, some dating back to the 1940s. There were also several square dancing and country and western records.
Six couples take part in the dance class, which involves ballroom dancing, waltz, tango, cha cha and rumba.
Mr Mason calls the steps for the dancers from cue sheets.
“I do it for the love of it.”
He started buying records in 1964 when he became involved with dancing and says it will be difficult to replace the vintage ones.
Mr Mason lives with and takes care of his disabled elderly sister in Onehunga and the car was their only means of transport.
His car was locked and had a steering lock in place when it was stolen.
“I want people to be aware that if they are going to park here, they need to have proper security,” he says.
Mr Mason hopes the records will be recognised if the thieves try to sell them.
“They are no use to anybody else.
“It would be a shame to see them dumped or broken.”
The theft was reported to Onehunga police.
Acting senior sergeant Grant Harris says it’s “exceptionally unfortunate”.
“If people leave their vehicle for any period of time, they need to secure it and take their valuables with them, or do what they can to conceal any valuables.”
Anyone with information should contact the Onehunga police station on 634-1064.
Music stolen: Ray Mason had his car and 249 records stolen from the Waller St carpark in Onehunga.