Barry and Lyn Jones of North Booval had a cherished garden statue stolen from their property.
Barry and Lyn Jones of North Booval had a cherished garden statue stolen from their property.

Thieves hit flood victim's home

AN IPSWICH couple forced to live in a caravan behind their flooded home have been dealt another cruel blow as callous thieves stole their cherished statue.

Lyn and Barry Jones were out at dinner on Thursday night when the culprits took the 250kg statue of a boy and girl sitting on a bench from their North Booval front yard.

The statue has sentimental value for the couple with the two children representing their own grandchildren.

“It's really gut-wrenching,” Mr Jones said.

“It really breaks my heart.

“We've been through the flood and then they come and take that – they're low-lifes.”

The retired couple, who are unlikely to be insured for floods, are staying in their caravan for at least six weeks while they wait for a structural engineer to give them the go-ahead to repair their home.

“We're in limbo,” Mrs Jones said.

Mr and Mrs Jones bought their home on David Street, North Booval, in 1966 and lived through the 1974 floods during which people “zoomed over their house in jet-skis”.

But when the floods hit this year, the couple were holidaying at the Gold Coast with family and could not return to survey the damage until the water subsided.

Mrs Jones, 67, said they would not consider living anywhere else despite the flood risk.

“It is home,” she said.

On a brighter note, Mr Jones, 69, said the couple was thankful for the incredibly generous donations and help from family and friends.

They even received a donated bathroom from a Brisbane company when they are able to rebuild.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale called on residents to help catch the thieves.

“Lyn and Barry have been through hell and back over the last three weeks and for these people, the first night they go out, these low-life scum bags who come in and take this statue – I just can't understand why someone would do this,” Cr Pisasale said.

“That's why it's so important for the community to find these people.

“It's going to go somewhere.

“If you see anything suspicious please report it to the police.”

If you can provide any information about Mr and Mrs Jones's missing statue call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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