Wednesday, 10th December, 2014
By Emily Roberts
A mother who had her house broken into is begging the thieves to return some tapes of very sentimental value.
Christina Bennett had her Gaffney Street house broken into on November 10.
“I came home from work and the front door was open,” she said.
“I thought maybe the door had just come open - it wasn’t until I turned all the lights on that I discovered I had been broken into.
“They went through all my things - my granddaughter’s electric guitar and amplifier were stolen as well as digital cameras, a new video camera, the old video camera and tapes.
“I only discovered that the tapes were missing a few days ago.”
Christina said the videos are of family members, her children and grandchildren.
“The old style JVC video camera that was taken had little cassette tapes in the bag,” she said.
“These video tapes had footage of my daughter. She passed away in 2012 when her youngest child was only 13 days old.
“These tapes were the only way he can see his mother, as I have very little video of her otherwise and photos are not the same.”
Christina said the videos were priceless.
“It is a way for my grandson to look back on his mum, you pick up things from video like the sound of her voice and facial expressions,” she said.
“I was keeping the videos for when he was older and could understand - he has photos of her, he knows who she is.”
Christina took to Facebook recently to report that the tapes were missing and that she would like them back.
By putting it on Facebook, I was hoping to shame them - I didn’t think I would get the comments I had received.
“People were happy to donate towards a reward.”
There is a $340 reward for the tapes. Christina was shocked when locals said they would donate towards it.
“I never thought to offer a reward, but everyone has been so generous,” she said.
“These tapes have a high sentimental value, you forget things that have happened like funny moments or events.
“They have documented moments in our lives - photos aren’t the same.
“We have a little bit of footage but the tapes spanned over 10 years. The rest of the things that were stolen can be replaced - but these tapes are priceless.
“Whoever took them can bring them back and leave them on the veranda.
“Or pretend you have found them, I won’t ask any questions - I will just verify they are mine and I won’t take it any further.”
Christina would like to thank everyone for their support.
“I would like to thank everybody for all their comments, offering donations,” she said.
“I would ask people to be more aware of their own security, it’s not just me who has had their house broken into.
“A lot of people have lost more than material goods - some have had their houses damaged.”
“I am hoping the tapes might be returned,” Christina said.