Burglary victims have told how they came face-to-face with three masked raiders who ‘ransacked’ their home and escaped with £15,000 worth of valuables.
Homeowner Laura Mir chased the fleeing burglars as they dropped some of their stolen stash on the road.
But they reached a black getaway car and sped away at high speed.
The drama unfolded on Comet Avenue, in Cross Heath, on Wednesday afternoon when Nisar and Laura Mir and her 74-year-old mum Maureen returned home. They had been to collect a new mobility car for disabled Maureen who has COPD and lung cancer.
The three burglars were wearing ‘black face masks and hoodies’.
Laura, aged 36, said: “I was talking to a neighbour and getting ready to put the key in the door when three guys came running out from underneath my carport.
“I ran down the street and chased them. They dropped my husband’s wallet and cash and a few other personal items and got in a black car waiting for them at the end of the road and they sped off at high speed.
“They had gained access through the side gate and smashed their way through the conservatory and then the patio doors with one of my husband’s dumbbell weights to get into the living room.
“There was glass everywhere. They smashed all the furniture in the living room. They ransacked every cupboard and drawer.
“My mum’s bedroom is downstairs and they lifted the bed up and went through every single drawer. They went upstairs and did the same. There wasn’t a single room that hadn’t been trashed.”
The stolen items include Laura’s jewellery box, Ipads, laptops, trainers and designer handbags.
Staffordshire Police forensics teams spent three hours combing the property for clues on Wednesday night.
Laura added: “None of us have slept a wink and we are scared to be in the house. We don’t want to be here but we also don’t want to leave in case they come back. It’s heartbreaking and we did nothing but cry our eyes out all night long.
“My mum doesn’t need all this on top of everything else. Your home is your safe haven – but not anymore.”
Maureen said: “I am absolutely devastated. We all had a lovely home and what’s happened is horrendous.
“I sleep downstairs because I can’t get up the stairs anymore and I can’t be down here on my own now because I’m frightened.
“I don’t understand the mentality of some people. Don’t smash people’s homes up, there’s no need.”
Police are appealing for witnesses following the break-in.
A police spokesman said: “We have received reports of a burglary in Comet Avenue, Cross Heath. Three men in dark clothes made off in a car, possibly a Hyundai. Jewellery, laptops and a TV were taken.”
Witnesses should call the police on 101, quoting incident number 541 of November 4 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.