To the editor,
To the person/s who broke into my sister's vehicle:
On Sept. 22, my sister stopped to shop at Winners in New Glasgow. Neither my sister nor I live in New Glasgow (I live in Halifax, she lives in Cape Breton), but we both drive past there a lot and always stop to shop. We spend money at Winners in New Glasgow frequently, at local eateries, buying gas, and leave money in the community. We both find the New Glasgow Winners very good so stop all the time.
On Sept. 22 in the middle of the day, while my sister shopped in Winners, someone broke into her white Toyota Highlander and stole everything. She was on her way home from a Highland Dance competition where my niece has just competed. Stolen was their luggage (clothes, jewelry, makeup), all of my niece's dance costumes and hair accessories for dance, my sister's brand new iPod and much more. The Highland Dance costumes/accessories alone are worth thousands of dollars.
My sister is a single mom and my niece is 11. My niece has a serious heart condition and Highland Dancing is one of the only activities she can enjoy. Not only was this a huge monetary loss for my sister, it made her feel violated and unsafe. My niece has to rebuild her Highland Dance supplies – something that will take years to do. I am disgusted that someone would do this in broad daylight.
I am hoping that someone reading this will know who did this horrible act and report them. If the thieves are reading this, do the right thing and turn yourself in. My sister and niece did not deserve this.
I will also rethink whether New Glasgow is a safe place to stop on a sunny Sunday afternoon to shop. Acts like this damage the whole community.