Police are seeking help to catch thieves who broke into the Life Education van last week.
About $10,000 damage was caused when an unknown number of offenders broke into the van by entering a small window in the early hours of September 10. The van was parked in a fenced-in yard at a Trewin Street address in Wendouree when the burglary took place. Chair of Life Education Ballarat, Clare Bennett, said the offenders might have been disturbed because other stolen items were found dumped nearby.
“When we came to have a look there was stuff thrown everywhere inside the van,” she said.
Several items, including a roof-mounted projector and air conditioning parts, were stolen from the van during the break-in. To the relief of staff, Life Education “identity”, Harold the giraffe, was not stolen.
Harold’s “assistant” and program educator Scott Angove said the van would be out of action for the rest of term three.
“We’ve had to cancel visits to three schools,” he said.
“But we’re lucky it’s happened so close to the holidays and hopefully we can get back up and running by term four.”
Life Education Ballarat is holding a fundraising trivia night on November 15 to help fund the repairs to the van.
To book a table for the trivia night, call 0439 652 325.
To contact police with information on the break-in, call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.