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Camera gift of hope for theft victims

PUBLISHED: 12:55 24 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:06 05 July 2010

camera maker Nikon has brought much-needed joy to a family who had thousands of pounds of Christmas gifts stolen.

The Journal reported earlier this month how Maria Hartley and her partner Rory Beer had 12 bags of presents stolen when intruders got into their garage in Carlton Colville between December 4 and 5.

camera maker Nikon has brought much-needed joy to a family who had thousands of pounds of Christmas gifts stolen.

The Journal reported earlier this month how Maria Hartley and her partner Rory Beer had 12 bags of presents stolen when intruders got into their garage in Carlton Colville between December 4 and 5.

About £2,500 of gifts were stolen as the thieves scarpered with treasured gifts for Ms Hartley's five and six-year-old son and daughter, as well as others for her family and her daughter's birthday presents.

Among the haul were a Nikon digital camera, a digital photo frame, Wii computer games, DVDs, Nintendo DS games, Polly Pocket toys, jewellery, a new watch, hair straighteners and perfume.

After reading our story, Nikon UK contacted the couple to help try to make up for one of the losses. Jeremy Gilbert, its group marketing manager, said: “We were very sorry to hear about Rory and Maria's dreadful misfortune, so as a gesture of goodwill we have offered to replace the stolen Nikon Coolpix camera in the hope that it will help to raise their spirits this Christmas.”

Police investigations into the crime continued this week. Officers are also investigating four other break-ins in the town over the past few weeks.

And crime reduction officers reminded 11th-hour Christmas shoppers not to leave bags of presents on view in their cars.

They also advised people not to leave presents under the Christmas tree where they could be seen through a window.

Valuable presents can be registered at www.immobilise.com

Anyone with any information about the Carlton Colville burglary is asked to call Suffolk police on 01986 835300. For crime prevention advice, contact a crime reduction officer on 01473 613500.

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