Watch: CCTV shows burglars breaking into girl’s bedroom
CCTV footage shows the moment masked burglars broke into a four-year-old-girl’s bedroom before ransacking the house.
Two thieves clamber onto a roof to prise open a window before one lashes out at the camera upon noticing the device.
It takes one of the thieves a second attempt to clamber up the side of the house when he loses his footing and falls down.
A third person can be seen pacing on the ground as the two others break into the little girl’s room.
They ransacked the house, in Basford, Staffordshire, and took the occupants’ diamond wedding earrings.
Adrian Thompson, 52, said his daughter Harriet has been left scared since the raid on 12 November.
Nobody was in the house at the time but Harriet, who has just started infant school, is no longer comfortable being in her bedroom and is upset at the “naughty men” who made her room “messy”.
Thompson said: “Harriet was the first to see the mess. She's a clever little tyke and it's definitely upsetting her. We’ve been trying to play it down but it’s bothering her.
“She’s more clingy and perhaps a bit naughtier which isn’t usually like her at all.
“We just need to get her to the point where she’s comfortable in her own room again.
“She has a cabin bed with a cover but she doesn’t want that there anymore so she can check if anything is under the bed.
“At the moment she’s staying with us and we’re going to redecorate her room to try to wipe away all memory of what happened.
“The police were really nice and gave her a police teddy to make her feel safe. She really has taken to it.”
Thompson said he didn’t notice anything wrong when he came back home and he sent Harriet up to get changed.
His wife Camille Thompson, 39, arrived home and pointed it out how cold it was, and they discovered the mess and open windows.
He said: “We think they must have been inside for about 10 minutes.
“They had gone through all the drawers. They took some diamond earrings I had bought for my wife on our wedding day and a watch from our honeymoon.
“They were of huge sentimental value to us. They also handled Harriet's money box.
“Our best guess is that we missed them by six minutes as we got back at 7.01pm but it may be that they had a lookout at the front who saw us arriving home.”
The house was broken into two-and-a-half years ago but nothing was taken or damaged, which prompted Thompson to install CCTV. He posted the footage online.
“I’ve been staggered by the response the post got on Facebook. Everyone has been so kind and generous. It’s restored our faith in humanity,” he said.
"The police are struggling to identify them as they were wearing masks and gloves but I’ve had messages saying people saw three youths acting suspiciously so hopefully they will be caught.”
A police spokesman said enquiries are under way.
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