Christmas presents stolen during sneak-in burglary in Grantham

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A Grantham mother has said her children are ‘gutted’ after a sneak-in burglar stole their Christmas presents.

Jill Sparks told the Journal that while the family were asleep overnight between Sunday and Monday, someone crept into their house on Sidney Street and swiped her handbag. This contained her children’s brand new computer consoles, as well as her purse, money and keys.

“If anyone knows anything please let me know,” said Ms Sparks, in an appeal to the public on the Journal’s Facebook page. “Someone walked into my house last night or the early hours of this morning, and stole my handbag with my kids’ new 2 and 3DS in.

“My kids are gutted. Keep your doors locked even if you’re in, people!”

She added that she wanted to raise awareness of this kind of sneak-in burglary. “It’s scary that something like this can happen when you’re only a couple of rooms away!”

Lincolnshire Police confirmed that following the report of the burglary between December 27 and December 28, a 25-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of burglary in connection with the incident. He has subsequently been released on police bail, and the investigation is continuing.

Police are also reminding people to lock all doors and downstairs windows at night, and during the day if you are spending long periods of time upstairs or in the garden.

Gadgets and items of value can also be registered at the free on-line national property register Immobilise. Go to www.immobilise.com