A graphic design student is desperately appealing for help to retrieve a laptop containing important university work after it was stolen from his home.
Second year student Peter Edlim will miss deadlines at the University of Gloucestershire after his MacBook Pro was taken from his home in St George’s Street, Cheltenham, during a burglary on Saturday.
The 22-year-old had hundreds of pieces of work and design software on the device, which cost just over £1,800, and has put signs up around Cheltenham offering a £250 reward for its return.
Peter has reported the burglary to the police, which happened between 1am and 5pm on Saturday.
His housemate’s wallet and car keys were also taken during the break-in.
Peter, from Canterbury, said: “I went to bed at 1am on Friday night and went to work on the Saturday at around 10am.
“When I got back at around 5pm my friend was looking desperately for his wallet and car keys and I couldn’t find my laptop and we then realised we had been burgled.”
There were no signs of forced entry and a door key which had been in his housemate’s wallet was found outside the back door after the burglary, Peter said.
He added: “I’m a graphic design student in my second year and I’m getting incredibly close to deadlines and a lot of my work has not been backed up.
“I’m just desperate to get it back. It’s so important to me.”
Peter is based at Francis Hall Close campus in Cheltenham and said he is speaking to the university about getting some deadlines extended due to the burglary.
However, he said he is unlikely to be granted extensions for all of his deadlines as he failed to back up his work.
This means he will have to submit work late and will therefore only be able to get a maximum grade of 40 per cent.
Peter said the loss of the laptop will also result in him missing out on internships with top design firms during the Christmas holiday, which could alter the course of his career.
“At the moment we are applying to firms for internships and because I have lost my laptop I will not be able to showcase my best work to get in with the best firms.
“This could have a big effect on my career long term as doing internships can lead to getting a job.”
If you can help reunite Peter with his laptop, call him on 07854 151857.
If you have information about the burglary, call Gloucestershire police on 101.