Western Leader : December 7th 2010
www.westernleader.co.nz Tuesday, December 7, 2010 A death and a theft By STEPHEN FORBES Break-in: Henderson-Massey Local Board member Ross Dallow's house was burgled on Wednesday, just weeks after his wife's death. Photo: STEPHEN FORBES IT S BEEN a rough few weeks for former Waitakere city councillor Ross Dallow. He s just lost his wife to cancer and on Wednesday he came home to find his house ransacked and $20,000 worth of property stolen. It s the first time I ve had anyone break into my house, he says. Mr Dallow had only just held his wife Denise s funeral. So we re having a bit of a bad run at the moment, Mr Dallow says. The former police district com- mander was elected as a Henderson-Massey local board member under the new Auckland Council in October. He arrived home about 10.30pm on Wednesday to find his garage door wide open. His 2000 Holden Calais was gone, as were two laptop computers, a 42-inch LCD television, cash and the keys to the house and car. Passports belonging to Mr Dallow and his son Matt were also missing. When I found the car was miss- ing and then the other items I felt physically ill, Mr Dallow says. His son Matt works as a sports coach and health and fitness con- sultant and had just moved up from Dunedin. He has been staying with his father. Matt lost his laptop computer and a back-up hard-drive in the break- in.Mr Dallow says they were both due to leave the country on Thursday. The Dallows made last- minute arrangements with the Department of Internal Affairs to get replacement passports and were still able to travel. Mr Dallow, who is now back home, estimates the items stolen were worth more than $20,000. There is an off-chance that we might find the car, he says. That might be hanging around somewhere and we need to get it as soon as possible. But our main aim is to get back the laptop and back-up hard-drive. Mr Dallow says with everything he s had to deal with lately, the break-in couldn t have come at a worse time. It s the last thing I needed, he says. Call acting sergeant Lee Bigelow at the Henderson police burglary squad on 839-0600 or the Crimestoppers hotline on 0800-555-111 if you have information.
December 3rd 2010
December 9th 2010