A TWO Wells family is reeling after roughly $20,000 worth of possessions, including multiple irreplaceable State Emergency Service medals, were taken from their home earlier this week.
Anthony Moyle returned from work to his home at around 10.30am on Monday morning to find one of the windows in his house had been busted open, and many of his family’s possessions had been stolen.
“I walked around the back and noticed the window was open and the screen had been pulled off,” he said.
“Once I got inside, I noticed a whole bunch of stuff was missing, including jewellery, televisions and other electronics.”
Mr Moyle, who spent 19 years working as part of the Edinburgh SES unit, was shocked to find four of his valuable service medals had also been stolen.
Mr Moyle’s wife, Amanda, also served seven years with the SES and had two of her own medals stolen.
Among the six stolen medals was Mr Moyle’s prestigious National Medal, which is awarded by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to volunteers with more than 15 years of service to government organisations, including ambulance, correctional, emergency, fire and police forces.
Mr Moyle, who currently serves as a member of the Two Wells Country Fire Service, said he was “devastated” to have the medals taken, especially after all of the work he’s done to help his local community.
“I was pretty devastated,” he said.
“You feel like you’ve done all those years for nothing.
“I’ve just wanted to help people in need, I’ve never done it for the medals or anything like that, but it’s something that I’ve earned.”
The couple also lost other irreplaceable items, including their wedding video and heirloom pieces of jewellery passed on from deceased family members.
Mr Moyle said he hopes the perpetrators understand the importance of his family’s priceless items and return them as soon as possible.
“Please hand them in to the local police station,” he said.
“You don’t even have to give your name, you can be anonymous.
“Everything else can be replaced, but not those medals,” he said.