Robberies shake Wooloweyah women
THE harsh reality that their village is not immune to serious crime became apparent for two of Wooloweyah’s long-standing residents this week.
On Thursday afternoon, the homes of Rachel McLean and Jenny Robinson were broken into, the thieves taking off with computers, cameras, wallets and sunglasses.
Just streets away on the same afternoon, another family home was being ransacked, the robbers stealing their station wagon and fleeing the village.
The three attacks happened in daylight hours between 11am and 4.30pm in Lakes Boulevard, Pegus Drive and Campbell Avenue.
Both Ms McLean and Ms Robinson say that they’ve never heard of this kind of concentrated theft in the years that they’ve lived there.
“Every now and then someone has a bike stolen or a wallet taken out of a car, but nothing like this,” another resident said.
“When I heard about this I ran around trying to find house keys that I have never used.”
While Ms Robinson had her front door broken and screen door jimmied open, Ms McLean was inside asleep when the robbers entered her home.
“Of course I don’t lock doors if I’m inside; am I supposed to lock my kids out of the house?” she said.
“We’ve had no reason to lock but we want to warn people now to be aware.”
Chief Inspector Darren Spooner said police were treating the three break-ins as connected and are appealing to the public to come forward with any information about the robberies.
He said the car stolen was a red Subaru Outback station wagon with number plates AIN 531.
“Wooloweyah is an area where people think they don’t need to think about security but we are asking everyone to be vigilant at this time of year when doors and windows are left open,” Chief Inspector Spooner said.
While the inconvenience and violation of having their things stolen was real, both Ms Mclean and Ms Robinson were thankful nobody was hurt in the invasions.