A UTTOXETER mother has been left in a state of shock after she woke up to find a police officer in her house telling her she had been burgled.
Andrea Bennett has seen her family go through hell after burglars forced entry her Demontfort Way home between midnight and 2.30am on Monday.
It could not have come at a worse time for the 38-year-old mother as her teenage son Chase is in Royal Derby Hospital after being found in his home doubled over in pain.
Mrs Bennett told The Advertiser: “The material things is one thing but they were in our house while we were upstairs. I just cannot get past that. I just cannot believe someone would do that.”
To add to her worries, Mrs Bennett has an four-year-old autistic son Luke who has been known to try to get out of the house while the family is still asleep.
The break-in was discovered by an officer on routine patrol who checked the home for any suspects, an act Mrs Bennett is very grateful for.
She said: “Luke wakes up all the time and the doors were just left open. I am so thankful the officer spotted the door open.
“Luke wakes up at 6.30am and he would have gone straight downstairs. There would have been no way we would have known.
“It doesn’t bare thinking about what could have happened if the officer didn’t arrive. We are really lucky that he came in. I was a bit startled though.”
The officer carried out the search with assistance from the Dog Support Unit.
The burglars got into the house through a garage door and used car keys to steal two Bosch drills and cash from two vehicles in the driveway.
They also stole two mountain bikes, one a black and purple Rayleigh and the other was orange, two laptops, a Macbook Pro and a Lenovo Netbook, clothing, a Samsung mobile and a black Apple iPad.
Some of the items were found discarded in a nearby garden.
Mrs Bennett added the clothes, one of the bikes and mobile phone belonged to her daughter Alexis from a bag she used for work.
She said: “Alexis uses that bike for work and so she is really gutted.”
Bob Champeau, of East Staffordshire Policing Team, said: “I would ask residents to be vigilant and make sure their security system is up-to-date.
“If anyone was disturbed during the night I would ask them to get in touch as it is likely they tried other houses.
“I would ask anyone who saw anything suspicious to get in touch with the police.”
A second burglary was also reported on the same night between 9pm and 5am in Blounts Drive.
The burglars again got in through a garage door and stole a pearly white/blue Marin Qualle mountain bike worth £1,300.
Staffordshire Police said they have launched an investigation into both burglaries and whether there is a link between the incidents.
Anyone with information is asked to call the force on 101 quoting incident number 52 of April 14 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.