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Thieves break into mum’s car five times in two years
6:00am Thursday 9th August 2012 in News
A MOTHER is devastated after thieves broke into her car for the fifth time in two years, taking her wedding music.
Mum-of-two Louise Harris, 33, had about 200 CDs stolen from her Ford Focus, while it was parked on the driveway outside her home in Shaftesbury Avenue, Southchurch, on Sunday evening.
Irreplaceable music she danced to at her wedding and her three-year-old son Edward’s Disney soundtracks were among the CDs stolen. Mrs Harris, who also lost a £160 sat nav, Edward’s £60 Ray Ban sunglasses and her car logbook in the break-in, said: “I’m absolutely devastated. Music is my little pleasure.”
The wedding CD included a song from the 1950s musical The Five Pennies her father sang to her as a child.
Teenage thieves first broke into Mrs Harris’s car, taking a sat nav, in August 2010. Her husband Mathew, an Army captain, chased them down the street in his underwear, recovering the device and grabbing one of the offenders, who was arrested, but released by police.
But thieves broke into her car again about two weeks later, making off with the sat nav.
In February, Mrs Harris found her car door open, suggesting a break-in, but thieves failed to take anything.
About a month later, offenders took bags of new clothes from the car and in March or April thieves took a couple of CDs.
Mrs Harris said: “I just want my CDs back. I do care about the sat nav, but I wouldn’t know where to begin replacing the CDs. I couldn’t afford it anyway.”
A police spokeswoman said: “Our advice is never to leave valuable items in a car. Always take them with you.”
Anyone with information about the incident should call police on 101.
Otherwise, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
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