MELVILLE resident Joanna Rusling’s mother Anna Slattery has been left completely deaf in one ear after a thief made off with her $8000 cochlear implant at the weekend. Mrs Rusling was watching her children and nephews at Kadidjiny Park around 1.45pm on Saturday when a man shattered the window of her car and stole an esky and her mum’s handbag, which contained the expensive hearing aid. The smash and grab happened less than 50m from where Mrs Rusling was standing with her mum next to the children’s play area. “I heard a car braking hard and looked up and saw someone had parked next to me but didn’t really think anything of it,” she said. “Next thing I heard a huge smash and realised what he was doing.
“I started running over but couldn’t get my phone out in time to take a picture and by the time I got there he had jumped back in his car and sped off.” Mrs Rusling believes the man may have followed the group from a nearby patisserie in Willagee.