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Cruel theft leaves siblings shocked

Wednesday, 18th March, 2015

Aidan and Ashlee Nicholas have had photos and videos of their mother Julie, who recently died of cancer, stolen. Aidan and Ashlee Nicholas have had photos and videos of their mother Julie, who recently died of cancer, stolen.

By Andrew Robertson

Two siblings who recently lost their mother to cancer have had photos and videos of her stolen after their home was broken into at the weekend.

Aidan and Ashlee Nicholas had recorded hours of film and taken dozens of photos of their mother Julie in the weeks and days before she passed away on February 14.

Now the irreplaceable reminders are gone after someone broke into their Wyman Street home on Saturday night.

“All we did was film her because we knew she was going to pass away,” Ashlee told the BDT yesterday. “What have we done to deserve this?”

Laptops, a hard drive and iPods which held “lots of photos” were among the items stolen, according to Ashlee who was away from the house for just three hours. 

The intruder or intruders broke in through the rear laundry door sometime between 10.30pm and 1.30am before going from room to room.

“They went in mum’s room ... they stole her prescription painkillers,” said Ashlee, who believes she may know who committed the crime.

Cash and clothing were also stolen along with Ashlee’s limited edition black and gold Marc Jacobs watch.

The fact the thief may have been aware of the family’s circumstances was particularly hurtful.

“It’s hard enough being positive and getting through this, and then someone invades our home.

“Who would do something like this?”

Barrier crime manager Mick Stoltenberg said inquiries were continuing into the break-in.

“Taking into account the circumstances of the family, it’s very cold,” he said.

The siblings have taken to Facebook to ask anyone who has any information to come forward or for the person responsible to hand back their belongings.

A friend said they had also recently lost their grandmother.

“It’s a bit disgusting.”

Anyone with information may call police on 8087 0299 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

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