A KARDINYA household is heartbroken after thieves ransacked their treasured front garden, stealing a variety of plants, decorative items and two handmade mosaics worth more than $500.
In an hour-long rampage that began just after midnight on Saturday morning, the offender or offenders ripped out more than 100 plants, five pots, a pair of hanging baskets, a glass teapot and a metal bird.
Most devastating, two mosaics that homeowner Charlainne Terblanche spent hours piecing together by hand were also taken.
The Terblanche’s CCTV footage shows a woman removing one of the mosaics from a wall adjacent to the home’s front door.
A neighbours CCTV footage, which is partially obstructed by water on the lens, shows a car pulling up and parking outside the home for just over an hour while the theft was carried out.
Mrs Terblanche’s adult daughter Chane was the only person home at the time and said she did not see or hear anything.
“My parents were in Manjimup for the weekend and I was actually staying in their second-storey bedroom which is right above the driveway,” she said.
“Unfortunately I didn’t have my mobile phone on me because the security system sends text messages when it detects something – instead I slept right through it.”
Miss Terblanche did not realise what had happened until returning from work the following afternoon.
“It was quite distressing because someone has destroyed something that is really quite precious to my mum,” she said.
“Listening to how she reacted over the phone was disheartening and when she came home on Sunday she was absolutely distraught.”
It is the second time thieves have targeted the home in the past four months after a wooden rhinoceros was stolen from outside the front door in July.
“Mum has now taken everything out of the front garden which is really quite sad because it was her pride and joy,” Miss Terblanche said.
“She’s made lots of friends and gotten to know many of our neighbours through interacting with them when she is working out there but she’s spent the past week gardening in the backyard instead.”
The crime has been reported to Murdoch Police and anyone with any information is asked to call the station on 0466 318 113 and quote report number 301016134188537.