Stolen sat nav swears at thief

PUBLISHED: 08:49 27 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:15 15 June 2010

Jane Starkey. Ref: P3490-34-08SH

Jane Starkey. Ref: P3490-34-08SH

HAS your new sat nav sworn at you? If it has, it could have been stolen from a Mercedes that was parked in Ernsborough Gardens, Honiton, for eight days after its owner was rushed to hospital suffering from a suspected heart attack. Peter Garrick, 75, was

HAS your new sat nav sworn at you?If it has, it could have been stolen from a Mercedes that was parked in Ernsborough Gardens, Honiton, for eight days after its owner was rushed to hospital suffering from a suspected heart attack.Peter Garrick, 75, was on a mercy mission to care for his friend, Jane Starkey, 72, who lives in Ernsborough Gardens, when he was taken ill and left the car unlocked.He had tinkered with the Tom Tom so that every time his car approached a speed camera, a woman with a bored-sounding, upper class voice said: "Another f****** Gatso."Mrs Starkey was recovering from a hip operation when Mr Garrick, of Chardstock, visited to cook her supper and stay the night."Suddenly he stood up, clutched his chest, tore open his shirt to get more air, went grey and started sweating profusely," said Mrs Starkey."I dialled NHS Direct and they sent an ambulance very quickly. He was carted away and spent eight days on a cardiac ward at Wonford."His Mercedes was parked outside while he was in hospital and, because he hadn't finished emptying it when he was taken ill, it wasn't locked."Sometime during those eight days, a little thief came along, tried the door and got into the car. They stole the sav nav and about £6 in change."Mrs Starkey says Mr Garrick has a habit of "tweaking things" and that he had tampered with the sat nav to incorporate personalised settings, including the F word."Somebody is in for a surprise, if they buy it," she told the Herald. "I'd like to ask people: Has your new sat nav sworn at you?"Mr Garrick has not reported the theft to police, believing he is at fault for not locking the car.Meanwhile, Mrs Starkey is offering a £100 reward for the return of the sat nav on a "no questions asked" basis.

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