Grafton paramedic Peter Maxwell was shocked to find his car had been burgled for the second time in a month, after working a 14-hour shift helping with the Coffs Harbour flood disaster.
Grafton paramedic Peter Maxwell was shocked to find his car had been burgled for the second time in a month, after working a 14-hour shift helping with the Coffs Harbour flood disaster. Grafton Daily Examiner

Medico's car burgled during flood

AFTER working until 2am in Coffs Harbour to help out with the flood disaster, the last thing paramedic Peter Maxwell expected to find when he returned to Grafton Ambulance Station was his car burgled and the station damaged.

Peter worked for about 14 hours straight to lend a hand to his flood-ravaged southern neighbours after knocking off yesterday, while his partner Rachel, also a paramedic, remained on call in Grafton, taking an ambulance home for the night.

“I was pretty shattered when I got home last night,” he said.

“We got hammered down there ... water was over the four-wheel-drive (ambulance vehicle).”

Both Peter and Rachel had left their cars parked inside the Grafton Ambulance Station car park overnight, before Rachel came into work at 6.30am.

When she arrived, she saw someone had broken into her Subaru and her partner's Daihatsu Charade.

She later discovered that someone had tried to force their way through into the station, most likely about the same time as the car burglaries.

It is believed the culprits were scared off when they heard the night shift workers inside the station.

Peter said money, sunglasses and a case of soft drink were stolen from his vehicle, but to make matters worse, it was the second time his car had been targeted at the station in three months.

“It's never happened at all, now it's happened twice in a few months,” he said.

“I was surprised, but they (the police) caught them last time, with any luck they will catch them this time.”

Police were on site yesterday morning dusting for fingerprints and forensic details.

Peter said he thought it was probably an opportunistic crime but was disheartened to see his private vehicle broken into again while he was out trying to help people.

“I wasn't real happy when I found it,” he said.

Fellow paramedic Peter Clement said he was disappointed by the low act.

“People like this don't care what inconvenience they cause other people,” he said.



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