A struggling Victorian father who is battling cancer for the second time has been robbed while awaiting treatment in hospital.
David Woodfine’s family home in Creswick, near Ballarat, was ransacked overnight on July 28 while he was at Royal Melbourne Hospital fighting an aggressive and rare form of leukaemia.
His partner, Sally Belcher, was with him. When her four children and their grandmother returned to the property on July 29, they discovered the home had fallen victim to burglary.
Thieves stole several items including cameras, computers, a bow and arrow, a chainsaw, as well as cash.
Having spent the last five weeks in hospital awaiting a stem cell transplant, Mr Woodfine pleaded for the culprit to return the family’s belongings.
“We just want our stuff back, we can’t afford to buy new stuff because neither of us is working,” he told 7News.
Mr Woodfine successfully battled Non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2014 and says the robbery is another setback the family didn’t need.
“With everything that’s going on at the moment, it was pretty difficult to hear,” Ms Belcher said.
The robbery was made all the worse for the family because their home contents were uninsured.
Ms Belcher has urged anyone with any information regarding their belongings, or knowing of similar items being sold online, to get in touch with Creswick Police.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.