Stolen cross recovered
A memorial cross stolen from Grays Rd was found in a river last week by an 11-year-old Camborne boy. The cross, which went missing on June 23, commemorated two teenagers, Udo Fourie and Nathan Laurenson, who died in a car crash there in 2009.
It was spotted days after it went missing by Pauatahanui School pupil Theo Sutorius, 11, as he was walking home from school.
The white carved cross was floating in a stream several kilometres from its original site.
Not knowing a cross had gone missing, and with the water flowing too fast to investigate further, Theo and his friend, Keaden Pointon, left it there.
‘‘It was battered against a whole lot of brambles in the water. We thought it would [drift away] in a couple of minutes,’’ Theo said.
When Kapi-Mana News featured the cross’s disappearance two weeks ago, Theo recognised it in the accompanying photo immediately.
‘‘I was like, ‘We saw a cross in the river.
We may as well go check it out and see cross’.’’
Last Monday Theo returned to the river with his parents, Tony Sutorius and Tania Woodcock, and waded through cutty grass to rescue it.
Theo is convinced the cross was stolen rather than washed away by the June 20 storm.
The river was flowing towards the cross site so it couldn’t have drifted there, he said.
‘‘ I am sure it didn’t get washed away.
‘‘Someone might have thrown it in there.’’
Nathan’s father, Brent Laurenson, was overjoyed the cross had been found.
‘‘It’s fantastic. We didn’t think it would ever been recovered,’’ he said.
‘‘It was only by pure luck that two kids went down to the stream and found it.’’ The cross had been scuffed, so was being sanded and repainted by Whitireia carvers, and would be back on the roadside next month, Mr Laurenson said.
He agreed the cross was likely stolen, probably pulled out by a car, he said.
‘‘ There’s no way it was washed away. It had a whole bag of concrete in the base.’’
This time steel bars would be placed in the concrete so it
if it was the same was more secure.
Mr Laurenson said his family were touched by the level of interest and concern about the missing cross.
‘‘The support was wonderful.’’
Cross found: Camborne boy Theo Sutorius rescued a stolen cross from a river last week after spotting it in the Kapi-Mana News.