Grieving mother of a stillborn baby has made an emotional plea to heartless thieves who stole a box filled with her only memories of her baby.

The treasured items which included pictures, a blanket, a teddy, an ultrasound video and a lock of her baby’s hair, were taken from Natalie Bell’s car when she and her partner Cain Mouat moved house over the weekend.

They were forced to leave the vehicle on a country highway near Ballarat when it broke down. Just five hours later, everything they owned was gone.

“[Cain] just put his arms around me, I was just devastated,” Natalie told 10 News First.

The thieves left a wallet and a few other items lying on the side of the road. The couple desperately searched the area hoping the memory box would be there, but it was nowhere to be found.

“They can have everything in the car, they can have every single item that they’ve taken from the car, apart from that box. Just give us the box back,” Cain pleaded.

The couple reported the theft to police, who took finger prints and seized a screwdriver and a glove from the crime scene.

Anyone with information about the theft or the missing memory box should contact police.

Share your comments below

  • They need to claim on their insurance to repair the damage caused by the person / people who broke into their car. Why was a wallet left in the car unless it dropped out of the owner’s pocket when they hurriedly got out of their car? Was the memory box in the car boot out of view? the “person” who stole it may not have checked what was in it. Their insurance may or may not cover the items stolen.


  • I don’t think it’s fair of her to ask for money to fix her car, that’s what insurance is for or saving yourself like everyone else has to. The box though, that’s just cruel, what on Earth would anyone other than the family want with the items? I hope they return it.


  • what scum, hopefully they will feel guilty enough to return these precious items


  • This is very sad.


  • I am crying for you.


  • The emoticon is meant to be a sad one :( was just in a sad state that i didn’t notice i picked the wrong emoticon


  • That’s so sad :)


  • Oh goodness, poor things :(


  • Heartbreaking


  • Thieves NEVER think about the back story behind the things they steal.


  • This is heartbreaking! I imagine the thieves just took everything without even looking/thinking – scum of the earth! I hope they at least find some decency and return the box …..


  • They just stole everything that was in the car without even looking. Hopefully they will read this mother’s plea and give the box back. :-(


  • This is just so terrible. I hope it all gets returned.


  • Who could steal something like that? I hope they get it back.


  • This is disgusting. These people should be ashamed of themselves.


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