Thieves steal hard-earned Christmas presents
AN attempt to preserve the surprise of Christmas for her kids has seen a Booval mum become the victim of a "devastating" burglary.
Single mother Haylie Rogers had been slowly paying off Christmas gifts for her five children since July and planned to have all the presents under the tree this week.
That's unlikely to happen now though, after thieves ransacked her car and stole all the presents, hours after she picked the gifts up from the shops.
The 32-year-old from Booval said she had left the gifts in the car and planned to sneak them into her house when her children - aged three to 16 years - were asleep on Monday night.
Unfortunately, Ms Rogers fell asleep too and during that time, theives broke into her locked car and stole more than $400 worth of gifts.
"When I woke up early the next morning and saw everything was gone I couldn't believe it," she said.
"As a single mum, I struggle as it is. To have this happen is absolutely heartbreaking."
Among the presents stolen were bottles of perfume, army toys, dolls and Xbox accessories.
While Ms Rogers acknowledged that leaving the gifts in the car was a "stupid thing to do", she said she couldn't believe someone was callous enough to steal all her children's gifts.
"I don't know what I am going to give my kids now or how I am going to explain the situation to my little ones," she said.
"In addition to Christmas, two of my kids celebrate their birthday this month too, so December is already stressful enough without this happening."
The theft is believed to have taken place between 10.30pm on Monday and 3.30am yesterday in Railway St, Booval.
Ms Rogers said her handbag had also been stolen in the car and that the thieves had tried to use her bankcard at a nearby service station.