Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Low Blow in Copper Pipe Heist; Thieves Strip Flood-Ravaged Home While Owner Is Absent

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Low Blow in Copper Pipe Heist; Thieves Strip Flood-Ravaged Home While Owner Is Absent

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Byline: Andrew korner andrew.korner@qt.com.au

JAN WALKER'S family home is an abject skeleton of its former self; its interior stripped down to the frame following the devastation of the floods.

To the casual observer it would appear that there was nothing of value left in the West Ipswich residence, but to at least one crook there was one thing that Ms Walker left open to theft.

Upon returning to her home for an appointment with an electrician on Wednesday, Ms Walker realised that 40m of copper pipe had been stripped from the walls.

It's another cruel blow for the flood victim, who was not covered by insurance but was still hoping to rebuild.

C[pounds sterling]It must have happened in the last week,C[yen] she said.

C[pounds sterling]When I realised what they'd taken I couldn't believe it; it's the last thing you expect.C[yen]

Floodwaters from the Bremer River almost reached the ceiling of Ms Walker's home on Keogh Street.

The family had just completed renovations. …

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