Break and enter victim begs thieves to return her pets
ROBBED for the third time in eight months, Janice Robins was horrified to discover her beloved pets had been stolen in the latest crime to strike her quiet street.
The Chinchilla resident, who suffers from several medical conditions, and her partner had four of their support pets stolen in a bizarre theft that has left the couple in shock.
"I've been suffering with emphysema and depression for several years now and my pets have really become a great source of companionship and support for me," she said.
"To think someone has broken into our home and stolen them just makes me want to be sick."
Ms Robins and her partner Tom Byrnes remember their dogs behaving erratically in the yard but didn't hear any other disturbances and went to bed.
Ms Robins woke up to discover thieves had broken into the garage of their Mackie St home in Chinchilla and taken two of her cages containing four of her beloved pet birds.
"They've stolen two green cheeked conures and two masked lovebirds," she said.
"I'm deeply concerned for their well being. All four of them need a lot of care and one needs her beak trimmed regularly otherwise she can't eat."
In her 15 years of bird keeping Ms Robins said it was never about breeding to make money.
"Each one of my birds is special to me, I know all of them by name and I've never set out to make money selling them.
"To me these birds are like my babies. I can't sleep at night knowing someone out there has them and they might come back to take more of my pets."
Ms Robins also claims this break and enter is the third theft incident the Chinchilla couple have encountered in the past eight months, with both their cars and Mr Byrnes wallet being targeted previously.
"I feel like my safe space has been invaded and my privacy and children stolen," she said.
"What are we supposed to do now? Board up our homes and live like prisoners in a jail cell?
"It's a sign of the time that people would stoop so low to steal someone's pets."
Ms Robins is begging the thieves to return the birds to her property, no questions asked.
"They aren't worth anything to anyone else, they are just very near and dear to my heart and I would really like to get them back safely.
"Just leave them on our front porch, we won't ask any questions. I just want my babies back," she said.
Chinchilla Police and Policelink have been notified of the theft and investigations regarding the birds whereabouts are continuing.
Police are urging everyone to be diligent with securing doors, windows and garages and to report any suspicious behaviour to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or to report non-urgent matters call Policelink on 131 444.