THE BRAZEN theft of a laptop from the backyard of a Golden Square home has terrified a grandmother.
Loretta Dillon and her granddaughter were having breakfast on Sunday morning when a man ran into their yard and stole the Macbook laptop computer from a table on the back deck.
The thief allegedly scaled the eight-foot high back fence and took the laptop before climbing back over the fence and riding off on a bicycle.
Mrs Dillon said it was frightening to witness. She said the laptop had only been left unattended on a table for about 15 minutes.
“We just saw this flash, and he ran over and took it and then he was gone,” she said.
“It makes us feel uneasy and quite scared in our own home. It’s a worry for that to happen in broad daylight. ”
Mrs Dillon said the laptop had her granddaughter’s uni work stored on it. She said her granddaughter had traveled from Melbourne for a visit and was intending to study for her exams.
“That’s the really upsetting part for me,” Mrs Dillon said.
“She’s been working so hard. She’s got exams starting in two weeks. All the notes and work she had are all gone.”
Mrs Dillon described the alleged offender as medium height, young looking and said he was wearing a white puffer vest.
She said she had lived in the home in Clayton Court for 50 years and has been concerned about the recent rate of crime.
“A neighbour had their pet bird stolen from their home a couple of months ago,” she said.
“There have been other break-ins... I was going to go on holiday soon but I won’t be going now. I feel as if I need to stay home.”
Her granddaughter, who asked for her name not to be used, said the files saved on her laptop were four years' worth of work for her chiropractic degree.
“It’s pretty much my whole uni life,” she said.
“Coming up to exam time it's going to make it tough. I was pretty disappointed.”
The granddaughter said she had set up the laptop to use on the back porch and watched on as it was taken.
"I just saw something moving all of a sudden, I heard a bit of a bang as he jumped the fence then he was gone," she said.
Anyone with information on the theft about 10.30am Sunday are urged to contact Bendigo Police on 5448 1300.