Heartbreaking ... Catherine Stratten was left stranded after thieves paid a visit to her car at Sapphire.
Heartbreaking ... Catherine Stratten was left stranded after thieves paid a visit to her car at Sapphire.

Thieves spoil holiday

By CRAIG McTEAR

CATHERINE Stratten has thieves to thank for the dreadful start to her holiday.

The Gold Coast waitress, who turned 25 last Friday, had been looking forward to catching up with family and friends during her break.

Those travel plans area now in disarray.

Catherine parked and locked her Holden Astra outside her dad's Sapphire home at 11pm on Tuesday, but her heart sank at 6.30am yesterday when she fetched some shoes from the boot.

She heard falling glass and discovered her front passenger window had been smashed in.

She looked inside and saw her Pioneer compact disc player was gone, along with her 50 CDs.

"Nobody heard anything, but we think it's kids," Catherine said.

Her toy watergun, which she's had plenty of fun with over the years, was thrown into the bushes nearby.

However, they left behind the shoes, iPod and DVDs she'd stowed in the boot.

Catherine couldn't start her car yesterday because the intruders disabled a fuse when they ripped out the CD player.

She is now unsure when she'll be able to continue her trip to Newcastle.

"I was really upset when I discovered what happened and I started crying. I asked myself 'why did they do this'."

n If you saw suspicious activity in Sapphire's Merinda Avenue on Tuesday night, contact Coffs Harbour police on 6652 0299.



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