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.