Goodna Flood News: Victims feel more pain from thefts
Zach McEvoy with the abandoned bolt cutters thought to have been used by thieves in Goodna on Tuesday night.
FLOOD affected Goodna residents were on the receiving end of another blow yesterday when they discovered thieves had broken into several properties in search of valuables.
Zac McEvoy, who is helping his parents repair their home on Lower William St, said he discovered that bolt cutters had been used to open a shipping container which held furniture and other items – many of them donated – intended to help devastated residents get back on their feet.
"As it turns out they didn't steal much – what is there is probably not of great value to them but it is important to the people on this street," he said.
"It's all donations to get us started again."
Noting that a set of hand tools had also been spared, Mr McEvoy said he believed the thieves were looking for electrical goods and other items that would be easy to transport.
Several sheds on the street showed signs of having been broken into, with police confirming they had attended and taken reports in relation to burglaries at three different properties.
"It is really frustrating to find there are people out there who would exploit the needy when given the chance," Mr McEvoy said.
Electrician Nathan Lawley, who was helping rebuild houses in the street, said he thought the thieves had sunk pretty low.
"This will result in more disruption for these flood victims – just a bit more for them to deal with," he said.
"How anyone could be that low I don't understand."