Thief steals from 6-year-old boy days before Christmas
A THIEF may have taken off with six-year-old Brandan Taylor's favourite Ninja Turtle backpack, but no one could steal his Christmas spirit.
A family has been left devastated just days before Christmas after a criminal has broke through a window into the Taylor's Scarness home before going on what appears to be a Christmas stealing spree.
The thieves snatched two iPads, watches, two children's backpacks, a bottle of vodka, coins, a baseball bat and a hunting knife.
Hervey Bay Police Senior Constable Craig Lewis said the offenders then found a key which they used to open the back door and take off.
Sarah Thompson said she knew something wasn't right when she returned home from Christmas shopping and saw her house lights on.
Once inside the Kululu Cres home, Sarah realised the curtain was open and a screen and glass window were placed on the ground.
"That's when I knew we had been robbed and I phoned the police straight away," Sarah said.
Sarah said the wooden window stopper was still in place.
Sarah's concern quickly turned to disgust when she realised how low the criminals had stooped during the robbery.
She discovered her son Brandan's favourite Ninja Turtle school back pack was missing and saw his lunch box had been thrown in the bin.
"He's just devastated," Sarah said speaking soon after it happened.
As well as stealing electronic devices, Sarah said Brandan's tooth fairy money was stolen from on top of the microwave, along with other cash.
"It is a hard thing to deal with right before Christmas and it broke my heart to see my son so upset," Sarah said.
It's believed to have happened between 6.50pm and 8.20pm on Monday.
Sen Const Lewis said with opportunistic thieves making the rounds in the lead up to Christmas and during the holiday period, it was a message for the community to lock up this Christmas.
"It can ruin Christmas for the whole family, children in particular," he said.
"People need to lock up their houses, lock windows and even if you're at the back of the house make sure the front door is locked."
Known as 'sneak break-ins', Sen Const Lewis said thieves can be in and out in a matter of seconds.
He said thieves were taking advantage while residents were doing things like watching television or in the backyard.
"It can take them 10 seconds to come in and grab a wallet off the bench," Sen Const Lewis said.
Thieves aren't looking for televisions and larger items, they're after the smaller things including electronic devices, jewellery and other items they can snatch quickly.
If you have any information that may help police with investigations please call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.