Nurse, 69, fights back against thieves
CLIFTON woman Nola Leeson's quick actions helped police find two men who she caught red-handed as they pillaged goods from her rural property.
Mrs Leeson went on her weekly visit to her uninhabited Deuchar property, about 10km from Allora, on Friday to drop some feed off to cattle and horses.
The 69-year-old's suspicions were piqued when she found in the dirt the links of a chain from her previously locked gate.
She drove up to her former home to find a ute and trailer being driven out of the yard.
The part time nurse, who works at St Vincent's Hospital in Toowoomba, said her 5000 gallon water tank was on the trailer and her 1000 gallon water tank was on the ute.
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The men had also been inside the house and had removed effects including glassware, purses and a record player.
"I got the shock of my life seeing them driving out with this," Mrs Leeson said.
She confronted the men and after not being satisfied with their story, decided to take down their ute's registration number.
She said the men were unloading stuff from their vehicle when she grabbed their keys from the ignition.
"The young fellow came after me. I said 'you'll get the keys back when I come back'."
Not having a mobile phone meant she had to drive in search of somewhere to raise the alarm.
She padlocked the gate on the way out to try to keep the men on the property until police arrived.
Luckily, she came across a couple of men a bit further down the road, who obliged in calling 000.
She was standing on the roadside with the men when she saw the ute and trailer come towards them and turn off.
Allora police said the vehicle had been driven through the locked gate, damaging the gate as well as the front of the ute.
"They have panicked apparently and shoved everything off," Mrs Leeson said.
Police spoke with one of the men on Friday and another man handed himself in on Saturday.
A 29-year-old Allora man and a 23-year-old Talwood man have been charged with property offences.
They are due to appear in Warwick Magistrates Court on September 10.
Mrs Leeson has been left questioning the security of her property.
"A chain on a gate just means nothing to people, does it?"