The break-in came before items of great sentimental value were stolen – and it has left the child horrified
A girl, 4, has been left too scared to sleep in her own bed after a terrifying break-in caught on CCTV.
Footage captures the moment one of the masked gang used a tool to open the window of a family home in Basford, North Staffordshire.
The break-in came before items of great sentimental value were stolen – and it has left the child horrified.
Householder Adrian Thompson told how daughter Harriet is now having to share her parents’ bed.
The Stoke Sentinel reports a youth is then seen in the footage using a tool to force the window open while an accomplice tries to join him before falling down and trying again.
A third man – possibly a lookout – can be seen pacing on the ground below.
The thieves stole jewellery of huge sentimental value, including diamond earrings bought by Adrian for his wife Camille on their wedding day.
Some loose change in daughter Harriet’s money box also went missing.
The alarming footage ends when one of the gang lashes out at the camera as they squeeze through the opening at around 6.30pm on November 12, when luckily the family were not home.
In all, it is thought to have taken the gang 11 minutes to get inside the property before spending around 10 minutes ransacking the three upstairs bedrooms.
Adrian has told how little Harriet – who has only just started school – has been left too scared to sleep in her own bed following the terrifying raid.
The dad, who also lives with 39-year-old wife Camille Thompson, said: “Nobody was in at the time more by luck than anything else.
“My wife had returned to work in the office for the first time in five weeks that day. My parents had picked up the little one from school and I stayed for a brew which I don’t normally do.
“When I got home I didn’t realise anything was wrong and I sent Harriet up to get changed out of her uniform.
“My wife called to say she’d picked up some potatoes and sausages so I went to put the water on.
“Harriet then came down with a packet of sweets and she seemed really sheepish and I sent her back upstairs again.
“It was at that point that Cam came home and she noticed how cold it was.
“We went upstairs and that’s when we saw the mess and all the windows were wide open.
“We think they must have been inside for about 10 minutes for the amount of mess they caused.
“They had gone through all the drawers. They took some diamond earrings I had bought for my wife on our wedding day and a watch from our honeymoon.
“They were of huge sentimental value to us. They also handled Harriet’s money box.
“Our best guess is that we missed them by six minutes as we got back at 7.01pm but it may be that they had a lookout at the front who saw us arriving home.”