WHEN Grant Armstrong’s new red Suzuki Swift was ripped from his garage by thieves last year he lost more than a car.
HEARTLESS: Grant Armstrong was horrified to find his late wife’s car (not this vehicle) torched in Magpie.
Mr Armstrong, a grieving widower who lost his beloved wife Maree Armstrong to breast cancer two years ago, was robbed of an important and irreplaceable memory.
The little red Swift, with exactly 12,345 kilometres, on the clock was found dumped and burnt out in Magpie by detectives days later.
Mr Armstrong was enjoying a much needed break away in Septemberwhen he received a heart breaking call from his brother.
“I raced home to find every room of my house ransacked and my possessions strewn around,” Mr Armstrong said.
“The first thing I thought was I hope they’ve taken the TV, the microwave …anything butnot the car.”
The car had been a gift to Mrs Armstrong during a difficult time in the couple’s life. Mr Armstrong had been retrenched and Ms Armstrong was battling cancer again.
“It was a car she loved,” Mr Armstrong said.
After Mrs Armstrong’s death, Mr Armstrong vowed to keep the car that she “kept in Mickey Mouse condition”.
It was kept immaculately in the garage. Mr Armstrong took it to the cemetery most Sundays when he placed flowers on his wife’s grave.
Mr Armstrong said his wife would “turn in her grave” if she knew her car had been reduced to a blackened, melted pile of rubble.
What was even for shocking for Mr Armstrong was the revelation that the car had been used by the thieves during a series of other crimes in the city.The daylight robbery in a quiet suburban street has altered Mr Armstrong’s life for the worse.
He has barely left the house unattended overnight since and has installed extra security. What upsets him the most about the ruthless act is the pointlessness.
“Everything here is Maree’s, the car was the same. It was her car that’s why I still had it.”
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