Thieves break into house and steal car whilst occupant slept upstairs

Date published: 19 March 2018

Opportunist thieves struck on Saturday (17 March), breaking into a Rochdale house and stealing a car whilst the occupant slept upstairs.

The thieves made off from the property on Buersil Avenue with resident Leah Lambert’s Black Skoda Fabia VRS (registration MJ54 HEV), during the early hours of Saturday morning.

Leah was woken during the early hours of Saturday morning to her dogs growling, but thought little of it at the time.

She explained: “I thought he was growling at something outside, which he’s done before. It was only when we went downstairs in the morning that I noticed my car was missing and some other items. I don’t think they got any further than my kitchen or conservatory, as I think they heard the dog.”

Leah and her partner then discovered that as well as her car missing, so was a Sony camera, a new iPhone 7, a River Island handbag containing a purse, a red Henry hoover, a sat nav, Rayban and prescription sunglasses, plus a Compaq laptop. The thieves had also attempted to steal Leah’s partner’s van, but were unsuccessful, leaving the keys behind next to it.

Leah added: “I’m most upset about the car. It was my late stepfather’s; he died from cancer in 2014 and it’s extremely sentimental to me.”

Greater Manchester Police has been contacted for comment. 

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