Benfleet couple's holiday hell as home is ransacked by burglars

Echo: Benfleet couple's holiday hell as home is ransacked by burglars Benfleet couple's holiday hell as home is ransacked by burglars

A SHOCKED couple returned home from holiday to find burglars had ransacked their home and stolen their car.

Thieves broke into their property in Southwold Crescent, Benfleet, stealing the keys to a blue Ford ST220 Mondeo. Its registration is EX03 GZP.

The crooks forced their way into the home by jemmying open the conservatory door before getting away with the vehicle, along with some jewellery.

The homeowners, who did not want to be named, had been holidaying in the Caribbean when the incident happened.

One half of the couple, a 60- year-old woman, said: “It was a real shock. We have lived here over 30 years and never had any problems. We found out the day before we were flying back.

“Somehow they managed to get in round the back and damaged some doors and just took the car and jewellery.

“Everything in the bedroom was just a mess where they had ransacked it.

“We will be putting in extra security, but it’s all in the hands of police now. You just never think it will happen to you.”

It is not the first time the quiet residential road has been targeted by burglars. A 66-year-old man from Southwold Crescent, who did not want to be named, said he was burgled in November.

He said: “I was burgled a few months ago and they smashed my patio doors with a stone windmill in my garden and took music equipment and some cash.

These people are determined so no matter what you do they will find a way to get in.

“You just have to try and not make it easy for them I suppose, don’t leave keys lying around or anything they can use to break in. It’s usually quite a quiet area round here.”

The burglary happened between 12.20am and 9.30am on Sunday, January 19.

Officers want to speak to anyone who may have seen the car, which has distinctive creamcoloured leather seats.

Anyone with information can contact Det Con Andy Copley at Southend CID on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111

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11:25am Wed 5 Feb 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

How awful, one saving grace though, Insurance...
How awful, one saving grace though, Insurance... You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat

11:30am Wed 5 Feb 14

w-jback says...

Possibly another one? what happened with the other investigation of a number of properties burgled whilst the owners were on holiday? Have they found a link yet?
Possibly another one? what happened with the other investigation of a number of properties burgled whilst the owners were on holiday? Have they found a link yet? w-jback

12:30pm Wed 5 Feb 14

MilesBond says...

FFS! And yet another one!!!! This is getting ridiculous.
FFS! And yet another one!!!! This is getting ridiculous. MilesBond

12:49pm Wed 5 Feb 14

pembury53 says...

MilesBond wrote:
FFS! And yet another one!!!! This is getting ridiculous.
ridiculous maybe, but only the start..... our society is being transformed in the wake of 'austerity' and there is much worse yet to come...
[quote][p][bold]MilesBond[/bold] wrote: FFS! And yet another one!!!! This is getting ridiculous.[/p][/quote]ridiculous maybe, but only the start..... our society is being transformed in the wake of 'austerity' and there is much worse yet to come... pembury53

12:52pm Wed 5 Feb 14

_Lotus_ says...

You'dfeelbetterforkn
owingthat
wrote:
How awful, one saving grace though, Insurance...
Which will rise dramatically when it is time for them to renew.
[quote][p][bold]You'dfeelbetterforkn owingthat[/bold] wrote: How awful, one saving grace though, Insurance...[/p][/quote]Which will rise dramatically when it is time for them to renew. _Lotus_

2:00pm Wed 5 Feb 14

TheaWells says...

I had to warn my neighbours last week when I saw them comment on a public facebook page "Off to Spain next week, good bye rainy England!"
Talk about invitation!
Not that that has anything to do with this story!! lol .. but it reminded me how easily we relax when telling people about OUR business... not everyone is a friend.
I had to warn my neighbours last week when I saw them comment on a public facebook page "Off to Spain next week, good bye rainy England!" Talk about invitation! Not that that has anything to do with this story!! lol .. but it reminded me how easily we relax when telling people about OUR business... not everyone is a friend. TheaWells

3:59pm Wed 5 Feb 14

the25man says...

A good business to be in right now is fitting alarms for houses and trackers for cars. If insurance companies gave good discounts then more people would take them up
A good business to be in right now is fitting alarms for houses and trackers for cars. If insurance companies gave good discounts then more people would take them up the25man

5:43pm Wed 5 Feb 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

the25man wrote:
A good business to be in right now is fitting alarms for houses and trackers for cars. If insurance companies gave good discounts then more people would take them up
Trouble is with house and car alarms, there's too many nicumpoops setting them off accidently, which is why very often they are ignored, and burglars know it.
[quote][p][bold]the25man[/bold] wrote: A good business to be in right now is fitting alarms for houses and trackers for cars. If insurance companies gave good discounts then more people would take them up[/p][/quote]Trouble is with house and car alarms, there's too many nicumpoops setting them off accidently, which is why very often they are ignored, and burglars know it. You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat

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