Bizarre shopping list of items stolen during break-in
A HERVEY Bay family says thieves treated their house like a shopping centre, helping themselves to everything but the furniture during a brazen weekend break-in.
Mother of five Karen Smith said she and her family arrived home after a weekend away in Brisbane to find their house almost completely cleaned out.
Not only had all their valuables like televisions, computers and jewellery been removed, but the intruders had gone on to take things such as clothing and linen, dog food, children's school bags, lunch boxes and drink bottles, and all the food from the fridge and pantry.
"It's just devastating," Ms Smith said.
"They took everything they could possibly get their hands on, even our framed family portraits that were hanging up on the walls.
"It's a lot of emotional stress.
"I feel like I don't even want to be in this house anymore."
Ms Smith's three eldest children, aged eight, six and five, have not been able to attend school following the theft, as the intruders had even pinched their homework folders.
"You just feel so invaded," she said.
"If you are going to break into someone's house and steal their TV, then steal their TV, you don't go to the extent they did."
Fortunately for Ms Smith, her partner Lindsay Salam and their children, detectives from the Hervey Bay CIB managed to recover a large amount of their property.
But some of the valuable items, including TVs and electronic equipment, remain missing.
A 34-year-old woman has been charged with the burglary.
She will face court on November 1.