Family loses more than possessions
IT HAS been a long, hard struggle for Hervey Bay’s Nerelle Sandy but until Wednesday night she felt she was finally getting somewhere.
That was the night the single mum of three came home to find that she had been robbed.
Nerelle’s laptop, containing all her university assignments and her only way of logging on to the internet to do exams, had been stolen. Nerelle received the laptop when she got a scholarship to study nursing at the University of Southern Queensland.
The children’s Wii, which they had wanted for a year and received from their grandparents for Christmas, was taken, along with five games.
The camera Nerelle used to record special moments with her kids was also gone.
The night before the robbery, Nerelle went to Brisbane with her daughter Amy, 6, to help a friend. Her two sons, Riley, 11, and Josh, 8, stayed with friends.
Nerelle, always security conscious, made sure everything was securely locked before leaving the house. Every window in the house, except for the one in the laundry, also has a security shutter and she made sure they were secure.
She left her home knowing that she had done everything she could to keep potential thieves at bay.
On Wednesday night she returned to her home to find the laundry door wide open; her laptop was gone from her room and the other items were missing.
Even worse than the items that have been taken from them is the knowledge that someone came uninvited into their home.
“The kids want to move out,” Nerelle said.
“We all slept in the lounge room last night – the kids didn’t want to sleep in their rooms.
“It’s just so frustrating.
“I’m doing what I can to improve our situation – then this happens.
“There’s not much we can do. It’s just heartless.”