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Brazen theft ruins holiday

Friday, 4th December, 2015

By Erica Visser

The Christmas period was supposed to provide some much-needed time out for tourist Petrea Swift.

The Brisbane resident is a full-time carer for both her husband, former local Reuben Swift, who has frontal lobe dementia and her 91-year-old mother.

The trio was staying at a local caravan park whilst visiting relatives when opportunistic thieves struck on Tuesday morning.

“They took the car keys that were hanging on a hook near the door. My husband must have got confused and unlocked the door in the middle of the night,” Petrea said.

By a stroke of luck, Petrea awoke upon seeing the lights of her brand new Mazda BT-50 Dual Cab ute flicker outside the window. 

“I knew someone had unlocked the car and when I went out there I scared them off. I searched the bushes nearby but they haven’t thrown the keys down there,” she said.

Petrea was now imploring for the return of the keys, or else be forced to pay up to $500 to replace them.

“You can return them no questions asked or drop them off at the police station or into the caravan park. I’m also willing to offer a reward.”

Petrea said that the theft had tainted Christmas and changed her plans. 

If the keys are not returned the family will be forced to head back to Brisbane sooner than anticipated.

“I love Broken Hill, it’s not the town’s fault. And I’d love to stay longer but we just can’t spend Christmas here now.”

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