Bad luck comes in threes for Coffs mum
By CRAIG McTEAR
JANINE Craig is beginning to wonder if she has knocked over a black cat somewhere.
The Coffs Harbour mum has had an awful run, and she doesn't think she can take any more.
Her family has three cars ? one for her and husband, Ken, and one each for their children, university students Ashleigh and Adrian.
Unbelievably, all three vehicles have been broken into and damaged in as many months in different spots throughout the city. And that's despite being locked and secured on each occasion.
Ashleigh's Hyundai Coupe was the first target one Friday night in March in Clarence Crescent at Diggers Beach.
Hoodlums bent the driver's side door, slashed the seats and smashed the console in attempt to hotwire the car. They also stole a numberplate.
One afternoon last month, Adrian left his Daewoo Nuburi in Bray Street's Sportz Central car park while he coached a school basketball team. Thieves forced the driver's side door lock and stole his mobile phone, his wallet and his bag.
Last Sunday ? Ken's 50th birthday ? Janine's Subaru Forester four-wheel-drive copped it at the Park Beach Plaza car park.
Intruders smashed the window on the driver's door and ransacked the car, but missed Ashleigh's mobile phone on the back seat.
The trail of destruction has cost the Craigs a small fortune, not to mention the many hours spent with police and insurers. They've never experienced anything like it in the 30 years they've lived here.
"I'm devastated, I'm angry and I'm frustrated. It's not fair," Janine said.
"Ken and I are not wealthy by any means. We both work hard ? I'm a dental nurse and Ken is regional director with Aboriginal Housing.
"It's a struggle. We've got kids at uni.
"We're good people. We don't do the wrong thing by anyone.
"Do these people who do this realise what they put people through?"
Janine is also wondering if Coffs Harbour is in the midst of a crime wave.