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Student's plea for safe return of her stolen laptop

By Cate McCurry

Published 06/02/2016

Interior design student Victoria Alexander
Interior design student Victoria Alexander

A Co Down student said she is gutted after thieves broke into her new car and stole a laptop containing months of irreplaceable university work.

Victoria Alexander, from Holywood, has made a desperate plea to have the stolen laptop returned to her as well as expensive equipment that was taken with it.

The 22-year-old, who studies interior design at the University of Ulster, was staying at a friend's house in the Stranmillis area of south Belfast on Wednesday night. Her car was broken into some time between 11.30pm that night and 4.30pm the following day.

The second year student believes that 'professional' thieves snatched the items, which included a 2015 MacBook Pro, its Cath Kidston case, an expensive bag, a laser measuring tool and specialised pens and a measuring tape.

The laptop contains months of irreplaceable work and as the student prepares to apply for her work placement, the missing work may hamper her chances of landing her dream job in Abu Dhabi.

"I only bought the laptop at the start of the year and the majority of work I have done since then is on the laptop. This has set me back so much," she said.

"I'm 100% sure I locked the car, because I'm really OCD about things like that. However, when she returned home and opened the boot she discovered the laptop was missing.

"I just stared into the boot for 15 minutes because I thought 'where is my bag'," she said.

"I didn't know what to do when I realised it was gone. I am gutted. I can't believe it has happened."

The stolen items have an estimated cost of £1,400.

Victoria explained the importance of the stolen university work and how it contributes towards her placement abroad.

If it is not returned, Victoria will have to start her work from the beginning, which will set her back months.

"It contains hours of work and I need to apply for placements very soon," she said.

Victoria is urging anyone who may come across it for sale to contact her. "If anyone sees it up for sale please let me know. It's more so for the amount of university work that I have on it which is simply irreplaceable."

Victoria has offered a reward for the return of the items.

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