Honeymoon horror: House ransacked while couple elope in Bali
LIZ Robinson came back from a Bali holiday with a new shiny ring on her finger, but discovered all her jewellery in Mackay had been stolen.
Liz and Zane Wright eloped to Bali on November 3 for a 10-night holiday. There, the couple married in an intimate setting with their parents watching.
She said they didn't advertise on Facebook they were going overseas but believed whoever stole her jewellery, laptop, Zane's bike, running shoes and cash knew they weren't home.
Liz and Zane are among 644 victims in the Mackay region whose homes were broken into in the 10 months to the end of October this year - an increase of more than 130 compared to the 2015 total.
The couple also lost $3000 worth of tools, a box full of designer sunglasses and a jerry can of fuel for the lawn mower.
But the most heartbreaking losses for Liz are the family heirlooms that can never be replaced.
They include a 100-year-old gold bangle of her daughter's, and jewellery her father made for her with opals that had been in the family for years.
Liz said she had even seen items being sold on Facebook that she believed were hers, with friends tagging her in the online posts. She contacted police and they followed up her own investigation.
She is yet to hear back about the investigation but wants people to be aware that anyone could be a victim of crime, even if you're on your honeymoon.
The couple now want to move back to Moranbah, where they know they will feel safer.
After never dealing with the police or being preyed on by thieves before, Liz said she was now aware of how often people were being targeted by thieves in Mackay.
"It's happening all the time and people need to be aware that it can happen to you," she said.
"Especially with all of the mine workers who travel to Bali, it could happen to anyone."
Anyone with any information should phone Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.