caregiver ready for a day's work helping elderly and disabled
clients was unimpressed to find her car on blocks and all its
Access Homehealth caregiver Joan Haslemore, of Concord, said
her silver Mazda Familia was parked on Mulford St on Monday
But when she left her house yesterday morning to drive to
work, her car was resting on firewood blocks, four mag wheels
gone, and the wheel nuts were strewn in the gutter.
''I went to go to work at 7am and I wasn't going anywhere.''
The day's work included helping elderly and disabled people
to bathe and dress but because of the theft she could not
visit them yesterday.
''Which didn't impress me,'' Ms Haslemore said.
Her boss was understanding when she called to say she had
''no wheels'' to visit clients.
The wheels were on the car when she bought it and the tyres
were near new, she said.
The car was fully insured but she doubted she would buy mag
wheels because she believed they had been stolen to order.
She would investigate buying second-hand wheels because it
could be cheaper than paying her insurance excess.
Although the neighbourhood was good, her car radiator grille
was stolen about a year ago, also when she was parked on
The last time she saw her wheels was 10pm on Monday and the
next-door neighbours had heard unusual noises and a vehicle
leaving the street about 1.30am, she said.
Although she had no off-street parking, she warned Dunedin
residents of the risks of parking on the road overnight.
Southern District Command Centre deployment co-ordinator
Senior Sergeant Dave Scott, of Dunedin, said the theft of
four wheels from a car in Dunedin was rare.
''It is quite unusual because it has obviously taken them
some time to jack the car up and take four wheels off.
''They've been there for some time and came prepared.''
If the public heard ''unusual bumps in the night'' they
should contact police, he said.
If anyone had any information on the mags or saw anything
suspicious they should contact police on 471-4800.