Bacton couple, 65, violated after ‘scum’ steal car, family photos and £2,400 ring – while they slept in next room
PUBLISHED: 06:00 17 June 2017
A couple have told of the “violation” they felt after “scum of the earth” burglars stole a £2,400 ring, £20,000 car and a laptop full of family photos, all while they slept in the next room.
Driving instructor Jay Francis and Linda Heasley, both aged 65, are warning Suffolk villagers to be on alert and keep windows shut after their Bacton bungalow was burgled.
Overnight on Thursday, June 8, a burglar squeezed through an “impossibly small” opening in a conservatory window and silently stole tens of thousands of pounds worth of items.
The theft included the keys to both of their brand new cars, at £20,000 each, with the criminals stealing Miss Heasley’s Renault Megane and leaving behind Mr Francis’s dual-controlled Megane.
“The first we found out about it was when the police woke us up after ringing at 6.40am to ask why Linda’s handbag was five miles away in Old Newton,” said Mr Francis. “At that point we didn’t know we had been burgled.”
After being woken by the police, the couple discovered the car missing from the driveway and a number of electronics had been stolen from their home.
Mr Francis said: “We only moved in eight months ago, there are lots of family photos on the laptop that have been taken. In the handbag was a £2,400 ring I had bought Linda to celebrate three years together.”
The theft of keys to the house and both cars has forced the couple to shell out for new locks. Miss Heasley’s car was discovered three days later in Stowmarket, but is being held by police while they investigate.
The couple have also resorted to installing a range of costly security measures, including cameras and gates.
“They are the scum of the earth,” said Mr Francis. “We feel violated. They were in our home – next to us while we slept – it is a horrible feeling.”
The window the burglars gained entry through was very small, and Mr Francis said they did not realise it was unlocked.
Now he is urging others in the area to be on guard and check they have locked their windows at night, especially as the temperatures soar.
He was full of praise for the police, who he said have been brilliant. “I just hope they catch them,” he added.
If you have any information, phone West Suffolk CID on 101, quoting crime number 37/405/8317