AN OLTON family are still reeling after a laptop full of precious family photos was stolen from their home.
Father-of-three Kelvin Wilson said that the pictures were irreplaceable. Since the burglary, he has scoured local pawn shops in the hope of finding the computer - but to no avail.
The thieves had broken in during Christmas week - making off with a TV, jewellery and other electrical equipment.
Kelvin returned home on New Year’s Eve to discover that the house, in St Bernards Road, had been totally ransacked.
The family, originally from Australia, only moved to this country in the autumn. They had decided to start a new life in Solihull after Kelvin got a job over here.
Many of the pictures were of the children growing up, while others were of friends and family in Sydney.
“At the end of the day most of what was taken are just material goods and they can be easily replaced, but why people insist on stealing items that destroy family memories is beyond me,” said 40-year-old Kelvin.
“These were the only memories we had of our friends and family and life on the other side of the world, and we don’t have a network of friends as yet here.”
The pictures had been backed-up on a separate hard drive, but this was stolen as well.
After the burglary, the family were forced to change all the locks - because thieves had taken the keys.
“My wife has lost her feeling of security in our new home and is greatly concerned for the safety of our three boys,” added Kelvin.
West Midlands Police said yesterday that the incident was still being investigated. PC Adrian Mills, from Solihull Police Station, said there was a chance of the photos being recovered if the laptop was found. He urged anyone who saw anything suspicion in St Bernards Road - between December 27-31 - to get in touch.
The laptop is a black Dell “Vostro” 1500 (model PP22L). The WD hard drive is black and has 250GB memory.
If you have any information about the break-in, call police on 0845 113 5000.