I'm still in shock
A Havelock North student fears she will be unable to complete her final school year after her laptop was stolen.
Olivia Nysse, of Taikura Rudolf Steiner School, Hastings, was visiting friends in Te Awanga when she discovered the car she had borrowed from her
mother had been broken into early on Sunday. A laptop containing a major assignment she worked on every day for most of the year was among
thousands of dollars of items taken.
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"I hopped in the car and looked behind me and it was all broken glass - everything was just gone," Olivia said.
"I'm still in shock. I don't care about the other stuff, I just need my project back."
The 17-year-old had been babysitting and took her study notes and project diary with her.
"Everything was stolen, things that would mean nothing to them, but it's my whole year's work. I would never have had everything with me at once, but
I wanted to study while babysitting."
Other stolen items she had saved up for with money from part-time jobs were a black iPod touch, an iTrip, charger, a floral wallet with her driver's
licence, cards, and $300 cash. A cream-coloured oversized Guess handbag with clothes, a GHD hair straightener, library books and make-up were
Olivia said her school's principal and teachers had been understanding, but she intended to spend the rest of the holidays trying to re-write the project,
due in about three weeks.
She said she had learnt a harsh lesson about the importance of backing up her work to a disc or pen-drive device.
Hastings Police said youths driving a black Honda with chrome rims were seen in the area that night and may have been connected to the theft.
* Meanwhile, in Napier on Friday, two youths were arrested for unlawful interference with a motor vehicle.
The 17-year-olds allegedly tried to gain entry to cars on Nuffield Ave and Kennedy Rd.
Sergeant Ian Evans, of the Napier Police, said motorists should lock their cars and remove any valuables when parking.
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