THIEVES ruined New Year's Day for two Newnham households, who awoke to find property stolen from their cars.
Three cars were broken into on Franmaree Road between New Year's Eve and yesterday.
All the cars were locked and parked on private property.
Two of the cars were at the house of father-of-two Shaun Cassidy.
The electrician said the theft of his Bosch power tools from his work van was a disappointing start to the new year.
The loss of his tools, worth about $1500, including an 18-volt drill and grinders, has left him out of pocket.
Mr Cassidy said it was a cost he did not need, with plans to marry his partner, Candice Quarrell, in about a year.
He said returning to work next week without his tools would be difficult.
Thieves also stole Mr Cassidy's work mobile phone and a wallet containing his induction cards.
They also broke into his ute but appeared to have stolen nothing.
"We have been here for two years and it's the first time we have had this kind of trouble," Mr Cassidy said.
"We heard a couple of noises last night, but did not think anything of it.
"I thought it was my nine- year-old son."
Neighbours, who declined to be named, were also victims of a car break-in on Franmaree Road during the same time.
A small cooler was stolen from their locked car.
Thieves also stole a car from the couple's house months ago, which was later recovered.
Police are investigating the New Year's Eve thefts and urge anyone with information to call CrimeStoppers on 1800333000.