A FAMILY visiting from Queensland is pleading for the return of a sentimental tackle box stolen from their ute.
Fern and Ed Horne had been in Fremantle for just three days as part of a WA road trip when their ute, which was parked at the Fremantle train station on Wednesday, was broken into sometime between 8am and 5.30pm.
As well as a number of tools, the thieves also took a tackle box which belonged to their late son, Richard.
Mrs Horne said the box, which was full of their son’s fishing gear, had extreme sentimental value to them.
“We lost our son Richard and grandson Isaac seven years ago in a terrible car crash,” she said.
“My granddaughter Cady was critically injured and my daughter-in-law Juanita seriously injured but they both recovered.
“They were heading to Cairns on a family holiday, which included fishing; my son was passionate about fishing.
“His boat was totally smashed, however when Ed visited the vehicle holding yard he was able to retrieve Richard’s tackle box.
“It has been an extremely sentimental item for us and the rest of our family because of our remembrance of Richard’s lifelong fishing passion.”
The tackle box is described as a dark blue, older-style cloth type BCF tackle box measuring 45cm wide, 30cm high and 30cm deep.
“Could those who took this item from the back of our ute, or anyone who finds it, please return it to Fremantle Police Station,” Mrs Horne said.
“No questions asked. We would be extremely grateful.”