Heartless thieves strike as St Patrick's Day fires victim attempts to rebuild

Burnt out: A victim of the devastating St Patrick's Day fires has been left shattered after thieves hit their new home under construction. Picture: Paul Jeffers
Burnt out: A victim of the devastating St Patrick's Day fires has been left shattered after thieves hit their new home under construction. Picture: Paul Jeffers

BLACK-hearted thieves have targeted a woman who lost everything in the St Patrick's Day fires. 

The victim, who wishes to remain anonymous, lost her home and everything in it during the fires and has been living in temporary accommodation while waiting for her new home to be built on Hallowells Road in Cudgee. 

The building is in lock-up stage and had several items stored inside, including furniture donated to the victim following the fires. 

Warrnambool Detective Senior Constable Richard Hughes said thieves broke into the property sometime between 6pm on Monday and 4:55pm on Tuesday.

"The victim has arrived at the house on Tuesday to find a number of items have been stolen, including a silver Hisense brand fridge, a Fisher and Paykel white and blue clothes dryer and several electrical fittings and light globes,” Senior Constable Hughes said. "This is very low form. It is an opportunistic theft on a victim that has already been put through the wringer.”

Anything with information is urged to the Warrnambool Crime Investigation Unit on 5560 1333 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000