Car theft devastates couple
KATIE is gone and her owners, Yvonne and David Rich-ardson, can’t quite believe it’s true.
The 1967 beige Mazda 1500 deluxe sedan, with two red racing stripes running along the bonnet, roof and boot, was stolen from Molesworth Street in Lismore last Thursday about 8.30pm.
The Richardsons had just left a Leukaemia Foundation volunteer’s meeting when they discovered the empty space where Katie was last seen.
“We thought maybe we hadn’t parked it there,” Mrs Richardson said.
However, a quick stroll up Molesworth Street confirmed the terrible truth – someone had stolen Katie.
The car came into Mrs Richardson’s life 23 years ago when she was living at Kempsey.
“She was my first car,” an emotional Mrs Richardson said.
When she moved to Sydney Katie was passed on to hernephew, who added the racing stripes.
Katie then moved to Tamworth in 1996, Dubbo in 2003, and Wagga Wagga last year, but always remained in the family.
“My sister, nieces and nephews all learnt to drive in Katie,” Mrs Richardson said.
Earlier this year Mrs Richardson’s brother, with whom Katie had been living, phoned to say she was no longer needed by his family.
The couple were delighted to take her back and in May she came to live with them at their Lismore home.
Katie has been also invol-ved in the couple’s volunteer work for the foundation, transporting people with leukaemia to local hospitals and up to Brisbane.
Mr and Mrs Richardson are hoping to get their beloved Katie back.
Until then, the couple will have to console themselves with fond memories, like the time Katie managed to run for 30km on only three cylinders.
Katie’s registration number is KTZ 641.
Anyone with information on Katie’s whereabouts should contact Lismore police on 6626 0599.