AN 80-year-old Launceston woman has described the theft of her beloved Corolla as "a real pain in the arse".
June Calvert, who lives in a retirement village in Arundel Street, Newstead, was awoken at 6.45am on Friday to police knocking on her bedroom window.
Police told her that her 1985 Toyota Corolla had been found burnt out on the corner of Amy and Penquite roads, only a few hundred metres from her home.
"It was a marvellous car," Mrs Calvert said.
"I bought it new in 1985 and it has lasted all this time and didn't deserve to be stolen and burnt because it would have seen me out until I couldn't drive any more.
"It was as good as a Rolls-Royce to me because it was comfortable and reliable, a gutsy little car and I think it is the best car I have ever had.
"It purred like a kitten and never let me down."
Mrs Calvert said the car was parked "spitting distance from her unit and she found it hard to believe that anyone would enter a retirement village to steal an elderly persons car, let alone her old, cobweb-ridden vehicle.
``My son said jokingly once, `mum I wouldn't bother locking your car any more, nobody would want it', and how wrong he was,'' Mrs Calvert said.
``It is an intrusion to have people, dishonest vandals around the place and doing what they did to somebody in a retirement village, I think is just a slap in the face and look out if they ever find who did it.''
The car was locked, full of petrol with new tyres when it was stolen on Thursday night.
An insurance assessor has valued the car at $2000 and despite its sentimental value, Mrs Calvert is looking for a replacement, but said in the meantime it was the loss of her independence that upset her the most.
``It is very important to be able to come and go as you please and not miss out on events and things,'' she said.
``Old people want to be as independent as possible and don't like asking people for lifts and help - they just want to manage things for themselves.''