Nambour Museum volunteers heartbroken after robbery
NAMBOUR Museum volunteers have been left heartbroken after the theft of equipment worth thousands of dollars.
Thieves helped themselves to more than $12,000 worth of gear, including a Honda lawn mower, Honda brush cutter, 12cfm air compressor, Stihl pressure cleaner, computer, LCD TVs, Makita power tools and a large quantity of mechanical tools.
Donation tins from around the museum also were taken.
Museum president Clive Plater said the robbery had occurred between noon on Sunday, August 10, and noon last Wednesday.
Mr Plater said the TVs had been removed from their mounts on the walls, but he was pleased the thieves had not done other damage.
"It would've taken two strong blokes to lift up the compressor and carry that out," he said.
"We were gearing up to paint the Shay Locomotive, which is our restoration project at the moment. But without that compressor, we can't do anything.
"The museum is totally operated by volunteers and without this equipment and tools, we cannot carry out ground maintenance or work on our restoration projects.
"A lot of effort went into raising the money to purchase these items over the past few years and we are as yet unsure how much our insurance will cover."
Police dusted for fingerprints at the museum last Wednesday and a police media spokeswoman said investigations were continuing.
Mr Plater said the robbery was a bad knock to the morale of the 20 volunteers who regularly gave their time to run and maintain the Nambour centre.
"We have jumped through all sorts of hoops to get the grants to buy these things in the first place," he said.
"Volunteers are hard to come by as it is, but when they turn up and they've got nothing to work on, it makes it harder."
Mr Plater, who had all of the tools engraved with either Nambour Museum or the initials NM, holds a glimmer of hope for their return.
If you have come across the engraved tools or have any information that can assist police with their investigations, call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.