REUNITED: Unity and Kevin Sainsbury collect the sign stolen from their store. It turned up in a nearby creek.
REUNITED: Unity and Kevin Sainsbury collect the sign stolen from their store. It turned up in a nearby creek.

Surprise return a sign of good things after theft

THE bizarre tale of a baffling theft from a Hervey Bay business has had a happy ending.

A display sign from Unity Sewing Centre, stolen just over a week ago, turned up in a creek at the end of Hervey St, Torquay.

Business owner Unity Sainsbury and her husband Kevin picked the slightly worse-for-wear sign up after a member of the public let them know it had reappeared.

The sign looked to have been dumped in the creek, about 1km from the Torquay store where it was stolen.

Unity was left scratching her head when the sign was stolen.

It was not just the random nature of the theft that puzzled her, but the effort the offenders went to.

The sign was secured with a chain and also had steel posts embedded into the ground.

“The strange thing about the whole situation is whoever did this was unable to take it after the first attempt. They had to come back the next night and finish the job,” she said.

Unity was relieved to have the sign back, telling the Chronicle she had been quoted as much as $340 to have a new one made.

Kevin said there was a silver lining to the theft.

The battering the sign took would force him to give it a much-needed coat of paint.