Heart patient's birthday ruined after car strippedBy Becky Barnes
October 08, 2012
A heart patient is devastated after thieves swiped the front of her prized new car the day before her 21st birthday.
The 21-year-old, who asked not to be named, awoke at 6am on Tuesday, September 25, to discover her £14,500 limited edition Corsa had been stripped of its front bumper and lights outside her parents’ home in Hanworth.
The woman, who has an irregular heartbeat due to an undiagnosed heart condition, said: “Stress like this could put me back in hospital – I don’t deserve or need this. It wasn’t the best birthday present – I cried all day Tuesday.”
She saved earnings from her ‘first proper job’ as a trainee dental nurse and bought the white car, she named ‘Chloe’, nine weeks ago.
She said: “I worked hard for my car – she is my pride and joy. If you can’t afford something, don’t steal it.”
The car, which was parked on the road in a quiet residential area, was left with around £2,000 of damage. Thieves removed the bumper, lights and number plate.
The woman’s father, a mechanic, said: “The perpetrator was clearly very skilled and knew what they wanted and what they were doing.
“There is no way one person could have done that on their own.”
The car is now in the garage being fixed after the windows were smashed in order to pop the bonnet. Thieves left screws next to the car, which police have taken as evidence, along with fingerprints.
The woman added: “It almost makes me quite scared as it happened right next to my house.”
A police spokeswoman confirmed officers were investigating a theft from a vehicle between 2am and 6am on Tuesday, September 25.