News

Vet’s war medals recovered from the bottom of a wheelie bin

GRATEFUL: David Cussons was delighted to have his prized war medals and family watch recovered this week.
GRATEFUL: David Cussons was delighted to have his prized war medals and family watch recovered this week. Inga Williams

YAMANTO grandfather David Cussons was only one garbage bin collection away from losing his most treasured possessions.

The retired Australian Defence Force serviceman recently had his war medals stolen as well as an Order of Australia Medal.

It was alleged the items were taken during a spate of burglaries across Yamanto and Churchill.

At least seven are believed to have occurred from July 18.

Mr Cussons said he had all but given up hope of recovering his items, until police phoned him on Monday night with some good news.

Officers had arrested two Churchill men who were in possession of a large quantity of stolen goods.

Among the estimated $40,000 worth of items recovered were Mr Cussons' medals, found dumped at the bottom of a wheelie bin.

Mr Cussons, 65, said it was scary to think his medals were only days away from being collected by garbage trucks and lost forever.

He had received his OAM in 1984 for his dedicated service working with F-111 aircraft at RAAF Base Butterworth in Malaysia.

He described his medals as some of his most important possessions and had kept them locked in a safe.

Mr Cussons said police had also recovered his Rolex watch which had once belonged to his father, who died 30 years ago.

"I am elated to have my belongings back," he said. "The police have done an excellent job ... I just hope everyone else gets back their gear."

The two men charged with the burglaries, Jeremy De Bono, 20, and David Currie, 27, appeared at Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday.

The case was adjourned to August 27.

The two Churchill men were remanded in custody until their next court appearance.

Detective Inspector Lew Strohfeldt said investigators expected to lay additional charges as more of the seized property was traced back to its rightful owners.

"There was a significant amount of property recovered and we're in the process of identifying that," Inspector Strohfeldt said.

He said if all property had not been identified within the next few days, a campaign would be launched to try and locate the owners of the items.

Among the recovered items were laptops, jewellery, watches, collectable basketball cards and Xbox games.

Topics:  burglary, ipswich magistrates court



Child injured as car flips on Cunningham Highway

Queensland Ambulance Service on scene of an accident.  Photo Brenda Strong / The Observer

Car on roof following accident south of Ipswich

Author to visit U3A Ipswich

Neil Begley talk on October 7

REVEALED: Works start on critical bypass bridge

The Toowomba Second Range Crossing's 800-metre viaduct.

TSRC viaduct a "critical design feature of the project"

Local Partners

Debra Messing wants to do a 'naughty' Will and Grace reunion

'Will & Grace' star Debra Messing wants a "naughty" reunion

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie 'working on custody agreement'

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are thrashing out a custody agreement

10 of the worst wedding day disasters

Getting hitched without a hitch. That's the aim, right?

Trump's comments make light of statutory rape

Trevor Noah has gone to town on Donald Trump's sexism

Forza Horizon 3 review: Australia's never looked so good

Fancy racing a freight train?

Byron Bay, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Twelve Apostles feature

Tommy goes home in emotional Bachelorette episode

The Bachelorette contestant Tommy Saggus.

BRISBANE bachelor hopes show will give him more confidence.

Beach-side real estate starts at $85k on Fraser Coast

HERVEY BAY REAL ESTATE: You can buy this townhouse in Scarness for under $300k.

Live your beach-living dream locally.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Housing report points to a lift in local market

AFFORDABLE HOMES: First home buyers have the opportunity to purchase modern new homes in the Ipswich region for under $400,000.

Region shaping up as the "final frontier” for affordable housing

Five ways to slash household bills and save the environment

THINK GREEN: Considering the environment when building or buying your next home can save you big dollars. The Village Building Company, who is responsible for Woodlinks Village at Collingwood Park, builds homes with this front of mind.

THERE is nothing as sweet as slashing dollars from your bills.

Investors out-bid first-home buyers in booming market

Housing generic.

Ipswich's housing market is putting more cash into sellers’ pockets