Western Leader : February 7th 2012
www.aucklandnow.co.nz Tuesday, February 7, 2012 OPEN DAY MARCH 7 BOARDING AVAILABLE for Boys & Girls BR - j6521/02 Saint Kentigern College SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE - APPLICATIONS CLOSE 29 MARCH Register to attend 09 577 0677 www.saintkentigern.com Thief steals their ring By NICOLA MURPHY Driveway danger: Rebekah Rosier and Damian Rowe of Glen Eden are devastated after an engagement ring Mr Rowe planned to propose with was stolen when their car was broken into. Photo: NICOLA MURPHY ' It s not even about the money, it s the sentimental value of it. But it sucks seeing $20 a week go out of your account for a ring you don t even have. ' Rebekah Rosier DAMIAN Rowe was looking forward to proposing to his pregnant girlfriend. He d bought a diamond engagement ring for Rebekah Rosier and was planning to take her out for dinner. But his plans were ruined when their car was broken into outside their Glen Eden home on January 26 and the ring was stolen. They re still paying the ring off and can t afford to replace it because they re on a single income and Miss Rosier is due to give birth soon. Mr Rowe planned to pro- pose at a restaurant and was afraid he would forget to bring the ring so he stashed it under the front seat of their stationwagon. He and Miss Rosier woke up the next morning to find the boot latch of the car broken and the stereo gone. It wasn t until Mr Rowe, 19, was driving to work that he remembered the ring. He had to call his girl- friend, a psychology student, and break the news that he d secretly bought the ring they d chosen together a few weeks earlier and it too had been stolen. We re pretty angry, Mr Rowe says. We just want it back. The $1300 ring was a yel- low and gold princess cut dia- mond and Miss Rosier says it was one of a kind. It s not even about the money, it s the sentimental value of it, the 17-year-old says. But it sucks seeing $20 a week go out of your account for a ring you don t even have. We ve got a baby on the way, we can t afford to go out and buy another ring. Their insurance doesn t cover items bought on finance. The break-in has left them feeling unsafe at their home and they want to warn other people that locking your car doesn t mean it won t be targeted. They are considering mov- ing to a different suburb. We ve lived here for three or four months and we ve had a car crash into our fence and drunk people yelling outside, Miss Rosier says. The couple still wants to get engaged but plans to do it the traditional way with a ring and proper proposal. Senior sergeant Kim Stew- art says it s important to report theft when it happens because police carry out search warrants and may recover stolen property. Even when your car is parked in your driveway, keep your valuables locked inside the house, he says.
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