Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Car theft victim pleads for return of text books, research

Vehicle owned by a PhD student which was stolen on Sunday. The vehicle contained books and research which she needed for her doctorate in Environmental Biology.

A PhD student whose vehicle was stolen on Sunday is offering a reward for the return of her text books as well as months of valuable research that were in the car.

The employee of the Institute of Marine Affairs in Chaguaramas, said the books and samples for her research will be valuable only to her.

She is appealing for the public's help in getting them back.

The vehicle was stolen from Irish Avenue in Glencoe around 2.15 a.m.

Closed circuit television cameras captured images of two men fiddling for several minutes with the doors of the woman's white Nissan AD wagon.

The footage showed one of the men entering the vehicle, while the other pushed it down the hill.

The victim said she did not know the vehicle had been stolen until 12 hours later.

The vehicle was fitted with a GPS tracking system, but there has been no signal from it, suggesting it had been disabled by the thieves or the vehicle is in an area where the signal cannot be detected.

In the vehicle, the student had textbooks and research samples that she was working on at The University of the West Indies towards her doctorate in environmental biology.

The textbooks are on the topics of shells and invertebrates.

“This is important for my work. There are marine samples in vials; there are small clear vials with caps on them. The liquid is pinkish in colour and there are organisms in it.

“They are in ice-cream containers; some were in a box, and others in a plastic shopping bag. I had some scientific books on shells and invertebrates which may be a total cost of $1,000 but they have to be purchased online,” she said.

The student said she has already taken leave of absence for this semester because of the losses.

“This is a couple months' work. The cost just to collect the samples is one thing, then there's the work done on it. It is valuable in terms of the work that was put in to collect and analyse it. These samples were collected out at sea,” said the student.

“So this loss means me having to reassess from where to start. And just thinking of that is very difficult, thinking of the fact that I put in quite a bit of hours on the work.

“I also put in a lot of hours to save up to pay off for the car last year, so it seems that it is all for nought and to start all over again.”

She asked if anyone has seen the dumped books and vials to please report them to the police.

“These are not valuable to anyone but myself simply because of the amount of work that went into reaching to this point towards my higher education,” she said.

She is offering a small reward for anyone with information to assist in the items being returned to her intact.