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A grandmother's plea

Dianne Costa had her house broken into and many items were stolen such as jewellery and an Xbox. Photo: Inga Williams / The Reporter
Dianne Costa had her house broken into and many items were stolen such as jewellery and an Xbox. Photo: Inga Williams / The Reporter Inga Williams

A CRESTMEAD grandmother who had her house broken into last month is pleading to the thieves who stole her ill grandson's television, Xbox and games to return them right away.

Dianne Costa said she was "extremely frightened" when she found her back door broken and her house ransacked when she came home from work on Thursday, January 31.

She said the thieves allegedly left a trail of muddy shoe prints which showed they had ventured into her lounge room and taken the gaming console as well as more than a dozen games.

Ms Costa said she was heartbroken when she told her 13-year-old grandson it was gone.

"I rang him up and told him it was stolen, which was really hard for me to do because we had given him many of the games as presents," she said.

"I am just heartbroken for him because a lot of those games were his favourite and did cost a fair bit.

"When I rang him and told him he went really quiet.

"But the sweetheart only wanted to know if I was okay."

Ms Costa said her grandson, who suffers from a medical disability, relied on the Xbox as a form of entertainment when he was out of hospital and could not spend time with his friends.

"Because he has had many operations on his leg, he does stay at home a lot," she said.

"And because he can't go out, he uses it as a way to connect and talk with his friends.

"I still can't believe it is gone."

In the hope of returning it to her grandson, she is pleading with the public who may have any information to phone the Crestmead Police Station.

"Somebody out there would have to know something," Ms Costa said.

"It would be really obvious if someone went home with the console and a whole bunch of games.

"If you know anything, please come forward because my grandson does have to have more surgery this year.

"I just hope the person who took it reads this article and feels guilty about stealing from a young, ill boy."

Ms Costa said since the theft she had been battling her insurance company.

"The insurance company have told me I need to have proof of us owning the Xbox," she said.

"They said they wanted a photograph of him actually playing the Xbox.

"I don't have one of those but I do still have the box and some receipts, which they won't accept.

"I don't know why that is not acceptable."

In addition to stealing the Xbox, Ms Costa said the culprits also allegedly emptied draws in her bedroom, spilling the contents onto the floor personal belongings.

If you have any information in regards to these stolen items, phone the Crestmead police station on 3803 9555.



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