A NEWLYWED couple were left "gutted" on returning from honeymoon recently to find their Rathcoole home had been targeted by burglars.
William Lowry and his wife Karen were married on September 5 and left on their honeymoon to the United States soon afterwards.
Following their holiday they were looking forward to coming back to Northern Ireland and starting off married life together in their smart new-build home on Dunanney Avenue in Rathcoole.
However, the scenario that awaited them on their return was not what they had been expecting.
"Our house was broken into on the 17th of September while we were away in America," said William.
"The burglars damaged the back door and stole all our kitchen appliances, ripping out everything, including plugs and all."
Worse was still to come, when William and Karen realised that their wedding gifts had also been stolen.
"They took our belongings, and our wedding presents. Many of our gifts were still unopened and in their boxes, as we hadn't got around to unwrapping everything before we went off on honeymoon,” said William.
"We’re totally gutted. We were looking forward to getting back and starting off life in our new home, and this was what we got instead.”
William said the entire experience had proved very “upsetting and annoying” for him and his new wife.
"It was certainly not the best start to a new house, or to married life," he said.
"We've changed the locks and put in a new alarm system here now, but we are still gutted about what happened.
"In total around 4,500 worth of goods were taken.
"My wife is particularly upset about losing our guest book in which the guests who attended our wedding wrote in all their comments. We hadn’t had a proper chance to sit down and read them all and it was one of the things we were looking forward to doing on our return.
“I want to appeal for the return of the guest book. It would be really lovely for us to have it back,” he said.
If you know the whereabouts of William and Karen’s guest book, please contact the Newtownabbey Times on 028 9084 3621.