My stolen memories! They've taken all my memories
WHEN all of Tracey Tyler's childhood photographs were destroyed in a housefire years ago, she vowed she would always keep multiple copies of her children's pictures.
And that's exactly what she did - but that didn't stop cruel thieves stealing all three of her backup policies on November 27.
Ms Tyler was out shopping for food in the middle of the day when thieves forced entry to her Boambee East home through a back window, stealing her laptop, iPod and digital camera - and with it, years of memories for her two-year-old daughter Sakura and eight-month-old daughter La-ika.
“I was out of the house shopping from about 10.30 until noon - it wasn't long,” she said.
“I know what it's like to grow up without any photos of your childhood, so I always made sure I backed them up. That's specifically why I bought the iPod, so I could save my photos on to it.
“Whatever small satisfaction these people get out of doing this is nothing compared to the pain it causes. It's photos of all the girls firsts - first time they eat, first time they sit up, things like that. Those things can't be replaced.”
The thieves moved straight past televisions, Playstation3 and other computers.
“I had the camera and iPod out with my laptop ready for a premiere party I was going to that night. Otherwise they would have been away in the drawer. I just want the photos back.”
Tracey is now offering a cash reward for any information that leads to the return of her stolen goods. Phone 0437 448 966.