Thief takes precious memories
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.