AN apprentice plumber’s devastation at having his ute and tools worth about $19,500 stolen from his Morley home on September 5 disappeared with the help of a few good Samaritans.
Jack Wilson, a second-year apprentice plumber, said he was gutted and shocked to find someone had stolen his car and work tools he had worked so hard to buy himself.
The 19-year-old’s sister Leah Culver put the incident on Facebook, which led to the ute being found stripped back and dumped on the side of the road in Bullsbrook.
Mr Wilson said he was devastated to find his car destroyed.
“Knowing that I worked so hard and put so much effort to fixing the ute and spending about $4000 only in the last seven months doing it up to how I wanted it and finding it completely stripped in a ditch was pretty hard,” he said.
“I used my ute every day to get to and from work, and for transporting my tools that I also used daily.
“The car and tools cost me $18,500 and including everything else that was stolen it would have come close to $19,500.”
Ms Culver said they contacted police before she turned to Facebook again to see if anyone could help with Tafe books/tools that her family were financially unable to replace.
“I received a message from a lovely lady from Ellenbrook who had contacted companies to see if they could make any donations towards a new tool kit for my brother and Toolmart in Belmont contacted some of their suppliers and had gathered $4500 worth of tools to give to him,” she said.
Mr Wilson said having the community come together to help him made him feel special and grateful.
“It’s nice knowing that there are still wonderful people in the community willing to help others in times when they need it most,” he said.