GREAT RESULT: Dawn May (left) and John May are ecstatic that the thieves had a change of heart and returned their property.
GREAT RESULT: Dawn May (left) and John May are ecstatic that the thieves had a change of heart and returned their property. NEV MADSEN

Apologetic thieves return property

TOOWOOMBA pacing identity John May has had his faith restored after thieves returned thousands of dollars worth of pacing equipment and priceless family treasures - and left a note saying "sorry".

In the dead of night last week, thieves stole a car from Mr May's Greenwattle St address.

It contained thousands of dollars worth of pacing equipment and priceless family treasures.

Heartbroken at the loss of a lifetime worth of memories and equipment Mr May turned to the Chronicle for help.

The Chronicle published Mr May's plight on the front page last Thursday urging those responsible to have some social conscience and return the property.

It worked.

At the weekend the thieves returned the car they stole from Mr May complete with a note saying "sorry."

All the pacing equipment and priceless memories were still in the car - including his late father's cherished racing helmet.

"If it was not for the Chronicle's help I have no doubt that I would never have seen the equipment again," Mr May said.

"The fact that I got my father's racing helmet back really means the world to me.

"It has been such a stressful time and I am glad it is all over," he said.

Dawn May, who along with her late husband Bill May are considered legends in pacing circles, said the family had been overwhelmed with support shown by the pacing fraternity.

"There was a note pinned to the windscreen saying sorry," Mrs May said.

"They obviously saw the article last week and realised the sentimental value the equipment held.

"We received calls of support from the pacing fraternity across the state wanting to help us out," she said.

However, Mr May said it was only one item that he wanted to see returned - everything else was a bonus, including the car.

"I have worn dad's helmet in every race I have driven in," Mr May said.

"It may sound silly but when I am wearing the helmet it feels as though he is there with me.

"I am just so happy with the outcome and I really can't thank the Chronicle enough for their help," he said.



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