Heartless thieves have stolen a wood splitter from an elderly Elliminyt couple who rely on wood heating during cold weather to heat their home.
Elliminyt’s Doug Wilson said his brother-in-law had bought a load of wood over to his Friends Road house on November 8 and his son Brian had dropped off his wood splitter to help split the wood.
Friends Road is a no-through road.
Doug said he and Brian had split some of the wood when they stopped for the night and he covered the machine with a tarpaulin.
He said the wood splitter was still on the nature strip of the house when visitors left about 8pm but when he woke in the morning the log splitter was missing.
The Honda wood splitter is worth about $2000 to $2500 and was only three or four years old.
Doug said as an 84-year-old man he struggled to use an axe and a wood splitter was crucial to ensuring his and his wife Valda’s warmth in winter.
“You’ve got to have a wood splitter when you only rely on wood for the winter because you need anything up to 10 or 12 metres or more,” he said.
The Wilsons moved to Friends Road in 1959 and Doug said this was the first time they had been victims of a theft.
“We never locked the house up for anything back in the early days; in the last 20 years or more I’ve been locking the house up,” Doug said.
Doug said it was disappointing thieves had targeted the couple and he hoped someone might be able to provide information about the wood splitters location.
Anyone with any information about the theft should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.