THE owners of a collection of First World War postcards stolen from a Maroochydore unit hope the thief will return the historically significant items unharmed.
Between 2500 and 3000 silk embroidered post cards collected over the past 30 years were among the items stolen when a holiday unit in the Aurora complex on Duporth Ave was ransacked.
Thieves took nine albums of postcards, leaving three behind.
The owners, a couple who did not want to be identified, discovered the theft on Thursday.
They had not been in the property since October 29.
"You actually feel violated but it makes you so angry," the woman said.
A collection of coins and older-style sequential bank notes were also taken.
The woman had planned on giving one postcard album to her niece and donating the majority of her collection to the Australian War Museum.
She had collected them from antique shops around Australia and New Zealand.
Sunshine Coast Criminal Investigation Branch officer-in-charge Daren Edwards said it appeared offenders may have gained entry by an upper-level balcony and left through a fire escape.
Detective Senior Sergeant Edwards doubted the thieves knew the value of some of the items.
"It is probably items that are not going to be easy to get rid of and we certainly would appeal to them to perhaps leave them somewhere and notify someone so that the owners can retrieve those items."
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