Police called after thieves target Wendouree mum with disability

Wendouree mother Jen Bearham looks out of her kitchen window to where her car disappeared from her driveway during a burglary. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric
Wendouree mother Jen Bearham looks out of her kitchen window to where her car disappeared from her driveway during a burglary. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric

A single mother with a disability has called on heartless thieves to return her belongings after they stole her car and took it for a joyride.

Jen Bearham – who was critically injured in a workplace accident in 2010 – woke up last week to find her black Renault Latitude had vanished with her mobility walker and crutches inside.

The Wendouree resident, who recently moved to Ballarat, said the first thing she thought about was how she would see her son, who has been living with family friends to attend school in Melbourne before he relocates. 

“My heart just sunk, I felt sick … I burst into tears,” Ms Bearham said.

“I thought, how am I going to see my son?

“All this just so they could go on a joy ride.”

Police found the badly damaged Renault dumped in a nearby street, but Ms Bearham’s mobility walker and crutches have yet to be recovered

She now has trouble doing daily tasks such as buying groceries due to her injured leg and is under increasing financial pressure.

Anyone with information about the theft of Ms Bearham’s car on May 29 in Wendouree is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.