Thief takes pre­cious mem­o­ries

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

Lewis Trans­port Ltd op­er­a­tor Mark Lewis’ world has come crash­ing down af­ter be­ing robbed over the week­end.

Be­tween Fri­day night and Satur­day a num­ber of items were stolen from his busi­ness in­clud­ing three lap­tops, $2000 cash, mo­bile phones and tools.

‘‘They smashed a win­dow to get in and un­locked the front door to get in the of­fice. A cou­ple of cell­phones and other bits and pieces (were stolen).’’

De­spite the to­tal theft be­ing es­ti­mated near $ 10,000, the value of the con­tents on the lap­tops is price­less.

‘‘On them there are pho­tos of my ex-part­ner who died of can­cer. There are pic­tures of the births of my kids on there and other pho­tos of them from af­ter that.

‘‘I used to breed dogs so there are heaps of pho­tos of that past and present,’’ he said.

‘‘The (per­sonal) stuff will be worth­less to any­one else ... They stole the back ups as well. I have done pho­tog­ra­phy so there are other pho­tos from that on there too.’’

This is the first time the busi­ness has been a tar­get of thieves. Mr Lewis said po­lice had al­ready lifted a num­ber of fin­ger­prints from the scene.

The two lap­tops con­tain­ing Mr Lewis’ per­sonal pho­to­graphs are brands rarely known to New Zealand con­sumers.

‘‘It is a rare thing so if some­one tries to sell it they will prob­a­bly be caught. And ev­ery­thing on it is locked,’’ Mr Lewis said on Mon­day.

He is also of­fer­ing a re­ward to get his prized pos­ses­sions back.

‘‘I will pay a re­ward to have the Com­paq and Gi­ga­byte lap­tops back, I just want them back,’’ he said.

If any­one has in­for­ma­tion about the theft, they can contact Toko­roa Po­lice on 885 0100 or Mark Lewis on 027 201 9898.

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