Family’s heartbreak as priceless albums stolen
A MACKAY couple are heartbroken after thieves stole priceless family and baby photos, and war medals belonging to a late grandfather.
Matthew Jones arrived at his Farleigh worksite, Richie's Engineering Services, on Monday morning and discovered containers of precious memories had been stolen over the weekend.
Mr Jones and his wife Tina had been storing containers of photos (from Mr Jones' birth and schooling years as well as family photos) in the shed while they rented - hoping it was a more secure option than keeping them in their home.
Distraught about the "irreplaceable" loss, Mrs Jones begged the people who had taken the containers to reach out anonymously and let them know where they were.
"There are no copies or negatives of the photos. We had been talking about getting copies but we hadn't done it yet," she said through tears.
"Every important photograph is in there. They are precious and irreplaceable. We are heartbroken.
"In addition, my husband's parents framed a photo his grandfather, David Jones, from World War II and it had his war medals with it.
"My husband and his grandfather were the best of friends and extremely close. He's passed away now."
Also in the containers were items that included fishing gear, antiques, a motorbike helmet and a motorbike jacket.
But Mrs Jones said the couple was not concerned if the thieves want to keep them - they were replaceable.
She only wanted the photos safely returned.
"Other things were stolen from the shed, including one of my husband's colleagues' tool boxes," she said.
"I don't feel whoever took the containers done it intentionally because there is no monetary value. They are only of value to us.
"They probably thought the containers were full of tools and they were wanting to get in and out of there and didn't realise what was inside until they opened them up at home or wherever."
Mrs Jones said the couple harboured no anger towards the persons responsible and that if the items were to be returned, there would be no questions or names asked.
"We don't need an explanation. We're not worried about the material possessions," she said.
"I know they would be frightened to bring them back or drop them at the police station and we don't want to give out our address, so if they could message us or call us and tell us where to find them - we'd be so grateful."
If you have seen the containers - which are black storage containers from Bunnings, with yellow handles and red masking tape wrapped around them - please contact Mackay Police immediately or Richie's Engineering Services.