A young Perth couple who welcomed a premature baby with cystic fibrosis into the world last week say they have been left devastated after thieves stole $50,000 of tools they were using to finish off their dream home.
Elli and Ian Anderson bought their first home, a cottage in Bayswater, in August with the hope of getting the property renovated before the birth.
Last Tuesday, Oliver arrived six weeks early and very ill. After just five hours of life, he had major bowel surgery.
A difficult few days followed with neither parent able to hold their firstborn because of the many cords covering his tiny body. Last Saturday, they were told Oliver would finally be taken off his ventilator but their excitement was short-lived.
A family member called Mrs Anderson, a nurse, to say her firefighter husband's tool trailer had been stolen from the back of his utility. The blue, fully contained trailer held tools valued at $50,000.
"Every tool he had worked so hard for, every tool needed to finish our home - gone," Mrs Anderson said.
The theft has left the couple heartbroken. Unable to afford to replace the tools, the prospect of finishing the house in time for baby Oliver's homecoming seemed impossible. But friends and members of the community who have never met the couple have rallied behind the Anderson family, buying items or donating money at Masters in Ellenbrook so the home can be ready for little Oliver's arrival.
Mrs Anderson said she had been overwhelmed by the generosity of strangers.
"We are for ever grateful and we would hope to do the same thing for other people," she said.
The trailer and ute, which had been parked on Surrey Street in Woodbridge, has a yellow sign on the back that reads "caution, nail gun in use".
Anyone who sees the trailer is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.