CCTV images of man who robbed woman saying bye to dying dad
THE day Kim Wunsch's dad died at the Toowoomba Hospice was hard enough without a callous thief ransacking her car.
Despite rushing to his beside, Ms Wunsch missed the chance to say her final goodbye when her dad John died the morning of November 27.
Emotionally drained, Ms Wunsch's first thoughts were for her family but then she was told an opportunistic thief had broken into her locked car.
The man, whose face was covered by a bandanna and who remains on the run from police, stole her wallet after breaking into her late-model LandCruiser.
The same man is believed to be responsible for stealing the Toowoomba Hospice vehicle the same day, having been caught on security cameras scoping out the not-for-profit organisation.
"It's a wallet but it's the principle of it," Ms Wunsch, 23, told The Chronicle.
Kim Wunsch's dad John was diagnosed with terminal cancer in July this year.
When chemotherapy and radiation failed, doctors found the cancer had spread to his brain and lymph nodes, and he was given six months to live.
His condition deteriorated rapidly and he was admitted to the Toowoomba Hospice in Harristown where he spent his final 13 days surrounded by family.
Ms Wunsch said the care given to her dad at the hospice had helped her family and to be robbed in such a callous way had left her angry, but also disappointed.
The not-for-profit hospice provides free palliative care and its operations are largely funded through community donations.
"The worst thing is that at the hospice, they're amazing people, they really are," she said.
CCTV recorded the man with a bandanna covering his face walk through the car park looking at several cars between 10.30am and 11.20am on November 27.
He stole Ms Wunsch's wallet after breaking into her car, and waited until a Toowoomba Hospice volunteer delivered a pallet of water inside the O'Quinn Street charity before approaching the donated vehicle.
Finding the door unlocked and the keys inside, the man stole the car and was tracked turning left onto the Harristown street.
The white Mazda 3, with registration 415WHU, was tracked that same day to a fuel theft from a Grantham service station.
The car and the offender have yet to be found.
"People are going through hard times, we get that, but there's no need to steal or put other people through this heartache," Ms Wunsch said.
"I'm angry, but I'm more disappointed.
"I was grieving for dad and to have that happen, it was just heartbreaking."
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What theft will mean to Toowoomba Hospice
TOOWOOMBA Hospice chairman Graham Barron wants the thief who stole the charity's car to take a walk through the centre and see firsthand what it means to the community.
He would have the offender sit with patients and their families as they say their final farewells and grapple with emotions.
"I just can't see why someone would target the hospice," Mr Barron said.
"I just don't know what people are thinking."
The not-for-profit organisation provides palliative care, and relies on community donations and grants to remain sustainable.
The care offered is free, and the stolen Mazda 3 hatchback had been bought using a grant.
While insured and temporarily replaced with a hire vehicle, Mr Barron said the theft had impacted client services.
"We take pride in the Toowoomba Hospice and the hospice is well supported by the community," he said.
"The theft is very disturbing. At the end of the day, it does affect client services.
"The management committee is very conscious of the security of staff and volunteers, and two years ago we put in a security system which has been very helpful in this latest episode."
Footage from the security system installed two years ago has been handed to police whose investigations are continuing.
"It's really not fair," Mr Barron said referring to the impact the theft had on clients, and the Wunsch family.