Tahlia Wingate, 6, and Cody Anderson, 5, missing looking after their class guinea pigs.
Tahlia Wingate, 6, and Cody Anderson, 5, missing looking after their class guinea pigs.

UPDATE: Guinea pigs still have not been found

UPDATE 6/8 8.30am:

THE two pigs stolen from Miriam Vale State School Prep and Year 1 class on Saturday night have not be found.

Miriam Vale Police officer in charge senior sergeant Owen Harms still hoped to find them.

"Unfortunately they have not been returned yet but with our investigation and coverage around the town someone will squeal soon," he said.

Anyone with any information on the guinea pigs should call the Miriam Vale Police State on 4974 6000.

Earlier:

'STOLEN' signs are everywhere around the small town of Miriam Vale after two guinea pigs were taken from the Prep and Year 1 class on Saturday night.

The children were in tears on Monday morning when they found out their pets were gone

"Could we please have them back?" Cody Anderson, 5, pleaded to whoever stole them.

"They were just new. We have only had them for a week."

With 150 students in town, and a population of about 3500, Miriam Vale police are confident someone knows where the guinea pigs are.

Senior Sergeant Owen Harms confirmed the guinea pigs had been stolen, rather than escaping or being eaten by another animal.

"I'm confident we will be able to establish the offender," he said.

The officer said kids were crying on Monday morning after learning the pets were gone. 

Prep and Year 1 students are missing their little guinea pig mates. Class teacher Barbara Bryant and Senior Sergeant Owen Harms are concerned this is the second time such a pet theft has occurred.
Prep and Year 1 students are missing their little guinea pig mates. Class teacher Barbara Bryant and Senior Sergeant Owen Harms are concerned this is the second time such a pet theft has occurred. Mike Richards

Tahlia Wingate, 6, "was a little sad" yesterday after her class made 16 signs with pictures of the guinea pigs and plastered them around town and the school.

"We hold them, and wash them and learn how to care for them," she said.

Principal Mark Wright was forced to call the police as this was the second time guinea pigs had been stolen from the school. The first time was last term.

Those guinea pigs were never found; that's why this pair was brought in.

Prep and Year 1 teacher Barbara Bryant was the last one to see the guinea pigs on Saturday afternoon.

She moved them from the outside pen to the secure night pen with a paint tin on the hatch.

On Sunday morning she returned to find they were gone.

"The guinea pigs were very popular during playtimes at school, always being held and brushed," she said.

"Our guinea pigs need to be cared for. Please bring them back to us."

Mr Wright has been at the school only since the start of this term, but said he had already been overwhelmed with the support from the community.

"Everyone seems very anxious to get the guinea pigs back to us," he said.

"We have had offers of new guinea pigs, but we just want our ones back."



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