Thieves ran­sack boat­shed and nab trea­sures


‘‘Luck­ily a friend called by Sun­day morn­ing be­fore the place went up in what might have been ama­jor fire.’’

Thieves stole rare trea­sures while ran­sack­ing a wildlife film­maker’s boat­shed in Porirua.

Cam Feast was feel­ing dis­gusted af­ter some­body broke into his Mana boat­shed, trashed the place, and stole var­i­ous items ac­quired through­out his ca­reer that in­cluded a carved African mon­key statue from Zam­bia, shell money wall hang­ings from the Solomon Islands, and a large pounamu heart­stone on June 3.

Feast said the ‘‘ran­sack­ing’’ of it was com­pletely at odds with the peace­ful com­mu­nity that used the area for walk­ing and boat­ing.

‘‘They’ve bro­ken in through the back door, the track en­trance, and set them­selves up in­side. They’ve just trashed the place.

‘‘They’ve sprayed oven cleaner all over the walls. Dam­aged ev­ery­thing ... thrown the com­puter in the shower.’’

Stolen items in­cluded the 1.5-kilo­gram pounamu heart­stone, given to him 25 years ago.

A carved African mon­key statue – ’’un­usual as the head opens up with a hinge for stor­age in­side’’ – about 40cm tall was also taken.

Two 40cm shell money wall hang­ings, in­tri­cately wo­ven round coral discs which were white-cream in colour with some brown, that were given to him by the Solomon Islands Gov­ern­ment had dis­ap­peared.

Then there was a Yamaha YTS tenor sax­o­phone in a well-used flight case with stick­ers all over.

‘‘It has had a re­pair to the bell, and was bought in north­ern Su­ma­tra, so the se­rial num­ber should be eas­ily trace­able.’’

A wheel­bar­row found at a nearby car park was prob­a­bly used to cart the trea­sures away, be­fore the thieves left the shed to burn.

‘‘They lit a fire on the ta­ble, then turned the oven on with all the el­e­ments.

‘‘Luck­ily a friend called by Sun­day morn­ing be­fore the place went up in what might have been a ma­jor fire where we could have lost sev­eral boat­sheds.’’

He was an­gered by the wan­ton de­struc­tion, and in­va­sion of pri­vate space.

‘‘We all want to have a lit­tle pri­vate part of the world. It’s just a shame be­cause there’s so much good stuff that goes on, it’s re­ally sad to see this hap­pen.’’

A po­lice spokesper­son said staff car­ried out a scene ex­am­i­na­tion and were mak­ing fur­ther in­quiries.

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