Thieves target blind senior

Daryna ZadvirnaNarrogin Observer
David Ingram has reported the thefts to police.Picture: Daryna Zadvirna
Camera IconDavid Ingram has reported the thefts to police.Picture: Daryna Zadvirna

A Narrogin resident has been left devastated after several mechanical tools and parts were stolen from his property two weeks ago.

Former demolition worker David Ingram used the land in Narrogin’s industrial area to keep various tools, parts and vehicles he collected.

The partially blind 68-year-old said the stolen goods were worth about $30,000 and were going to be sold to fund his medication and eye surgery.

“That stuff meant a lot to me because I knew I’d need the money after I had surgery to remove my brain tumour, which blinded me,” he said.

“So what I did was collect every-thing I could and turn it into saleable condition.

“I’d paint things, clean them, fix the generators and engines so they could be sold.”

Mr Ingram said he was hoping to use the money for surgery to fix his traumatic cataract, but he also had no other savings to support himself. “There are all these other expenses like my medication and doctors’ bills that add up as well, and if my house has to go, then I’ve got nowhere to live,” he said.

“I’ve worked hard all my life and never thought it’d wind up like this.”

Mr Ingram said he first noticed something was wrong when he visited his property late last month and saw one of his vans had a smashed window.

The matter has been reported to the police.

He urged any witnesses or anyone with relevant information to come forward.

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