The victim of one of a series of break-ins in Ripley has issued a warning to fellow homeowners – to be on the look-out for thieves.
Cartoonist Anthony Naylor’s home on Broadway, which he shares with his partner and their seven children, was broken into overnight on Monday, May 13, and the following morning.
The raiders squeezed through a ten by 20 inch utility room window using tools from his own garden shed to prise it open.
And just 24 hours later, the 82-year-old mother of his partner, who lives in a house opposite, was burgled in similar fashion. It marked the third break-in on Broadway in a week and the sixth in Ripley in seven days.
Cash was taken from both Broadway homes, including a tin of notes Mr Naylor, 42, was saving up to take his children on holiday. He is warning neighbours to be on their guard this week.
He said: “We have got seven children at home here, so obviously having some people wandering around your home while they were in bed is very disturbing.
“I was angry, I was very angry. I want to let other people know that there are people out there breaking into homes for cash.”
Mr Naylor said the culprits used a screwdriver, a hatchet and hammer from his shed to prise open the ultility room window. He said: “They must have been very slim. There’s no way I could get through there.”
At his partner’s mother’s house they forced a door open with a screwdriver.
Ripley section Inspector Graham Lamin said police are investigating whether the recent burglaries they are linked. He said: “Make sure you lock your windows and doors at night or when you go out and always keep sheds and outbuildings locked too.
“If you have information about these crimes, call us on 101 or ring Crimestoppers.”
Mr Naylor believes culprits could be accessing homes from the Greenway, a bridle path which runs along the back of Broadway.