Thief steals twin learners' car and logbook
TOOWOOMBA twins Kaitlyn and Mikayla Kelleher have had their efforts to gain a driver's licence delayed after a thief stole the car they were learning to drive in.
Kaitlyn, 18, said she and her family were out of town on Saturday night and returned home at 8.30pm.
They went to bed and awoke to find the family's white 1994 Lexcen had been stolen.
The only trace of the car was smashed glass on the footpath.
The car did not have an alarm and dogs at the home didn't alert the family to the incident.
The twins were learning how to drive in the car and Mikayla had been intending to use the car after getting her licence.
The learner logbook she had been recording her supervised driving in was also stolen.
Also in the car was their father's belongings including work gear, tools and two GPS navigation systems.
Kaitlyn is about half way through getting her licence and said the theft was inconsiderate.
"They might be struggling, but by taking someone else's belongings they have set us back," she said.
Toowoomba Crime Prevention Unit Acting Sgt Leigh James said preventing car thefts could be difficult as most tended to happen at residential addresses.
She recommended ensuring a car was parked off the street if possible.
"If there is car accommodation such as lock-up garages then people should utilise that," she said.
Sgt James said car alarms could also help prevent thefts.
Car thefts are often coupled with break-ins to homes and Sgt James said keeping keys in less obvious places could also help prevent thefts.
Sgt James said if residents witnessed a car being stolen they should call Triple Zero immediately.
"If they don't see the vehicle being taken they should call Policelink on 131 444," she said.
Police advise residents not to try to intercept stolen vehicles.
The white Lexcen has the number plates 303VBZ.
To see a list of other vehicles stolen within the last seven days, visit mypolice.qld.gov.au /darlingdowns.