Thieves take iPads from struggling family's Christmas tree
IT IS hard to imagine a lower act.
A struggling Gympie family's festive season hopes are ruined, after burglars stole well over $1000 worth of goods from under the family Christmas tree, Gympie police said yesterday.
And police warned the Alfred St householders - a mum, dad and two autistic kids - are not alone in being targeted at this time of year.
"This is something that starts to happen at this time of year," a police spokesman said yesterday.
"They break in and don't have to rifle through things to find the goods.
"At this time of year, everything they want is piled under a Christmas tree in the living room."
The mother, who asked not to be named, said she had two children, four-years-old and three, with autism spectrum conditions.
"They stole iPads. The kids love screens and it helps them to play on the iPads - it keeps them calm when they're freaking out," she said.
"They asked about the iPads which we were going to give them for Christmas and I had to tell them I don't have them anymore," she said.
The distraught woman said she did not want personal publicity for her or the children because they felt their privacy had been stolen too.
Police warned families have to be "absolutely vigilant" at this time of year.