Thieves leave large knife in family home after burglary
A FAMILY in Cam have been left traumatised after their house and garage were burgled while they were away.
A car and a motorbike were stolen as well as a large quantity of jewellery and electronics.
The family, who did not want to be named, returned on bank holiday Monday (August 26) after visiting their sick friend for two days to discover the house had been targeted by thieves and that a large knife had been left in one of the bedrooms.
The burglars stole the family's black Saab Aero 93 convertible and their orange and blue Honda CBR 900 RR Fireblade motorbike with a distinctive Repsol logo.
In addition, a blue and black giant road bike, a TCR advanced SL3 model, as well as a red, white and blue felt road bike, Z100 model, were taken.
A red, white and blue Arai helmet which had a distinctive image of a Koala on the back of it was also taken.
The Saab was later found damaged in Pitman Place car park in Wotton-under-Edge.
Inside the home, a large amount of jewellery was taken, including the husband and wife’s wedding rings, a gold watch engraved with 21st birthday wishes and a pocket watch.
A ring with a large blue topaz set in the middle, on a chain, was particularly precious to the family.
A collection of Royal Navy medals and navy dog tags were also stolen from the house.
The children’s two Nintendo DSs and two X-box games consoles, along with a number of games were taken too.
The mother of the family said it had been very upsetting for them all.
"I can only talk about it now, two weeks later. It really was horrific," she told the Gazette.
"It was a huge job. Some things will be of no value to them and they will probably throw them in a hedge.
"It’s just appalling. The magnitude of it made my kids feel even worse. They are only just starting to put their lives back together."
The motorbike was discovered later that day after passengers travelling in a red Mini helped a motorcyclist after a collision with the bike near Berkeley.
The collision happened just off Alkington Lane in Alkington at around 9pm on Monday, August 26.
Passers-by came across the badly-damaged motorbike in a hedge.
The burglary is thought to have occurred at some point between 8am on Saturday, August 24 and the time of the collision.
Police would like to speak to the occupants of the red Mini, believed to be a man and a woman, who spent around 45 minutes with the rider.
Anyone with any information about the burglary, the collision or the items stolen, is asked to call Gloucestershire Police on 101.
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