WITH their pop-top caravan decked out for the relatives who are due home next week, Ulmarra couple Heather and Ken Wallbank were all set for Christmas.
That was until the couple discovered their treasured van missing from their front yard on Saturday morning.
“I’d just finished paying for it,” Heather said.
Heather said she ‘stupidly’ hadn’t insured the van and was now left with the short-term problem of where to sleep her visiting children, grandchildren and friends next week, plus the long-term problem of how to replace the well-used van.
“I’ve been finding it hard making ends meet,” said the retiree.
The Cavair brand pop-top was stolen sometime between 6.30pm Friday and 8.10am Saturday.
It is described as having a black/grey bottom with white in the middle and a grey top. A high-set van, it has black straps all around it to hold the top down and one of the wheel trims was a bit broken.
“We go camping all the time ... I’ve been sick in the stomach ever since it went missing,” Heather said.
Grafton police are investigating.