as family watch their home burgled while on holiday in Burnham
horrified Midlands family watched helplessly over the Internet as
a burglar raided their home while they were on holiday in Burnham-On-Sea.
Marusamy, from Sutton Coldfield, was on a weekend break to Burnham
last week with her family when she received a mobile phone app notification.
was from a Internet-enabled CCTV camera, as its sensors detected
movement in their back garden at their home in Streetly at 10.15pm
on Friday, August 4th.
and her husband Nathan watched in shock as they saw an intruder
in their home.
alerted other members of their family and Police as they watched
the hooded-man, who walked with a limp, wander through their living
area and upstairs, stealing the family's passport and sentimental
thief also took the spare key to a Mercedes car but left laptops
and cash that he would have seen.
the burglar was rifling through the family's possessions, Donna's
brother-in-law arrived and spoke to two people near the property,
asking if they had seen anyone running from the scene or anything
thief is believed to have hid while a light was shone in to the
home and then fled before Walsall police arrived 10-15 minutes later.
was so angered by the break-in that she posted footage from the
webcam on Facebook, featured here.
has already been shared more than 3,000 times and watched by thousands
37-year-old told the Sutton Coldfield Observer newspaper: We
had a notification on our phone and saw somebody in our back garden
shining a torch light."
got in through our conservatory and removed the glass and put it
to the side neatly."
stepped inside. I was horrified and scared, helpless. He walked
past the CCTV camera. And I panicked and thought this is happening."
called my brother-in-law who lives off Monmouth Drive and the police,
who had to come from Bloxwich. My brother-in-law got there before
went on the driveway and shone a light through the house and the
burglar then legged it. He went to a neighbour and said: 'I can
hear him in the house'."
stole an Air-King Rolex, my husband's Indian gold jewellery, Bulgari
wedding ring and my husband's dad's wedding ring which is sentimental
to the family."
also took our passports. Seeing the person, I wish to God I hadn't
seen it unfold."
a violation of your own privacy. They just walk in and do whatever
they need to do within five minutes and the repercussions are massive."
feel like you have your hands tied behind your back. My husband
has been really, really angry."
is urging the community to pull together and said: "Cutbacks
are affecting the safety of our communities. Police stations local
to us are now part time or closing down."
am eager to start a movement within communities to combat these
crimes, there are not enough police resources."
you saw or heard anything or have any information about the incident
please call the Police non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference
number: 20WS/165551Z/17. Alternatively you can contact the independent
charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.