A woman has sketched an image of a man she suspects of stealing $70,000 worth of gold bullion from her home.
Rosemary Draper, from Ballarat in north-west Victoria, had a 1.5kg bar of gold bullion snatched from her Webster Street home on April 5.
Ms Draper, a psychiatrist, said she believes she caught a glimpse of the thief while heading to a morning appointment.
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The sketch Rosemary Draper drew of the man she suspects of stealing a 1.5kg bar of gold bullion from her Ballarat home
Rosemary Draper (pictured) said the gold was stolen from her home on April 5, along with an iPad and a laptop
‘He seemed to look at me like he recognised me,’ she told 9 News.
‘He turned his car around behind mine as if he changed his mind about what he was going to do.’
Ms Draper said the man she saw, and later sketched, was driving a gold four-wheel drive.
She said she felt her home was under surveillance before the theft.
Ms Draper had kept the gold bullion locked-up in a cupboard in her loungeroom
‘It’s the idea that maybe someone was watching me and my movements and that’s the thing that made me most uncomfortable,’ she said.
Police investigating said a window of Ms Draper’s home was forced open by the thief, sometime between 8am and 12pm.
An iPad and a laptop were also stolen along with the gold bullion which Ms Draper purchased in the 1980s for about $23,000 as an investment.
‘I had some spare cash, and I bought it as an inflation-proof investment at that time when inflation was quite high and the gold price was a lot lower than it is now,’ she told ABC News.
Ms Draper purchased the gold bullion in the 1980s as an ‘inflation-proof investment’ (stock image)
She had kept the gold in a locked cupboard in her loungeroom.
Ballarat is well-known for its gold having been at the centre of the Victorian gold-rush in the mid-1800s.
Anyone with information about the theft is urged to contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.