Local family's home ransacked by thieves
A WELL-known Woolgoolga family are counting the bitter cost after thousands of dollars worth of property was stolen from their home.
Mother-of-two Sukhi Hundal said items stolen by thieves yesterday afternoon included two ASUS laptops, a Samsung tablet, cash, jewellery, a camera, and her son's piggy bank.
Mrs Hundal believes offenders had been monitoring the property as it was targeted in a brief period when no one was home.
"We're completely devastated," she said.
"They somehow ripped the back screen then cut through a glass window in the door and put their hands in to unlock it.
"They went through our draws, our cupboards, everything - it feels like our home has been violated.
Mrs Hundal's 12-year-old son discovered the damage after returning home from school.
The family said while some of the material possessions could be replaced, the loss of photos stored on laptops was the greatest pain.
"All the photos of our two-year-old daughter were on the laptop - they're all gone," Mrs Hundal said.
"My husband (Andrew) owns a building business and all of his work has been lost from the laptops. He has to do it all from scratch.
"If I could say one thing to the perpetrators it would be please let us get our photos back."
The family said they decided to contact The Advocate to warn other residents to be alert to sinister activity.
"You wouldn't expect this to happen in a quiet street in Woolgoolga and we're certain the house was being watched," Mrs Hundal said.
"You think - what would be in our house they thought they needed? We're just a simple family.
"I'm too scared to leave the kids out of my sight - how do you get that sense of security back?
The family are offering a reward for the return of the laptops.
To report information, call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Coffs Harbour Police Station on 6691 0799.