A Kamloops This Week carrier who has special needs is hoping to recover the stolen wagon she uses to deliver the news.
Angela Nordin, 34, who lives on Fleetwood Avenue in Brocklehurst with her mother and stepfather, purchased the yellow, metal wagon last fall to pull the load of KTW papers she drops off at doorsteps twice per week, between shifts at a local restaurant.
Though a neighbour has been kind enough to loan her a replacement wagon since the theft, Nordin wants hers back as it has sentimental value.
Nordin’s mother, Roberta Johnston, said they bought the wagon in part because its distinct yellow paint job reminds Nordin of her father, who passed away about 15 years ago.
Yellow was his favourite colour.
“We just said we had to have that wagon,” Johnston recounted, noting the family purchased it from someone via the online advertising website Kijiji.
The wagon was last seen this past Monday night parked outside Johnston’s bedroom window along the side of the home.
At 7 a.m. the next day, the family discovered it had been stolen.
Whoever took it was likely able to spot it from the road and walked up the carport, Johnston said.
She suspects more than one person picked up the cart and walked away with it as the metal wagon is heavy and known to make a rattling noise — something she would have heard if someone simply pulled it away on their own in the middle of the night.
“It had to have taken two people to lift up,” she said.
The theft also strikes Johnston as strange because no other items were stolen from the property — their garage was unlocked, her bike was left in the backyard and even some empty drink cans in the wagon were left behind.
Nordin’s cart is yellow with a long, padded black handle and side panels that can flip down.
Johnston said she rode her bike around the neighbourhood and checked in with local neighbours in an effort to find the wagon down, but to no avail.
She filed a police report and is asking anyone with information that might help track down the wagon to contact Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.
Johnston said she hopes their story will remind others to take precautions to ensure their valuables — sentimental or monetary — are protected from would-be thieves.
Nordin’s yellow wagon wasn’t the only cart swiped in Brockelhurst overnight Monday.
On the Brock Watch Facebook group, one person reported having a blue Costco wagon stolen out of her carport on Strauss Street.