. . . Smithy would probably have been shot and June Ackland
would have had at least a couple of affairs while it was
all going on!
serious though: Please. I really need your help with this
one! My house in Cawdor and where I live in Hillview Road,
along with many other places in Ross are being targeted.
Cawdor house was broken into again at around 2:00 am on
Friday 27th April. I know who was responsible - this time
Bernice saw two of them, recognizing one of them with 99.9%
certainty. It is the same gang who I know broke into the
Cawdor property last year, and who smashed my car window
and stole a satnav just after Christmas.
£3,000 worth of CDs, DVDs, computer games, electrical
equipment and cash were stolen from my son, Chris' bedroom
this time. (Chris' bedroom is a 'bachelor pad' in a converted,
centrally heated, 9 inch concrete block outbuilding.) I
am pleading for anybody with any information whatsoever
- any of the above being offered for sale - any knowledge
whatsoever to phone Crimestoppers anonymously
on 0800 555111.
would seem that, through no fault of their own, the police
are powerless to do anything about the real criminals without
at least a dozen pieces of hard evidence.
the night in question, I was deeply asleep at 4:00 am when
I received a panic phone call from Bernice. 'We have been
burgled again'. Of course, I pulled on some shorts and a
tee shirt and rushed down there, having only had two hours
sleep. The police had already been called as Bernice had
been awoken by something, gone to get a drink, seen the
burglary in progress and, along with my daughter, Sarah,
had chased two of the culprits down the garden, where they
escaped to Brampton Street.
legal reasons I dare not name the one we definitely know
was involved but, in the words of my daughter, Sarah, 'I
would know him anywhere - he's got a face like a fanny'.
(At least one thing made me laugh that night.)
sniffer dog led the police to the house of the person Bernice
recognized. Evidently, that is not enough evidence either
though. Because nobody answered the door, they cannot do
anything because they cannot obtain a warrant.
that morning, my two sons, Chris and Matt took a mobile
phone photo through the letter box of the gang's pad. It
is of a Sony DVD recorder exactly the same as one
stolen just hours before. This is still not enough evidence;
'It could just be one the same'.
not go in and dust it for Chris' fingerprints?' - 'Sorry
- we need a warrant for that'.
back to the first burglary last year. The person seen burgling
my house on Friday morning is known to have been selling
Chris' equipment immediately after last year's incident.
back to my satnav. That same person was in my garden talking
to Tina's son on the night it was stolen, when I reversed
into my drive with it glowing like a Christmas tree. That
night unfortunately, having been distracted, I forgot to
take it out of the car.
shops in town were also burgled on Thursday night / Friday
morning. This one gang are responsible for a high percentage
of all the crime in Ross. They need taking out and the only
way that the police will get enough evidence to obtain a
warrant is if enough people phone Crimestoppers with the
gang must have been watching Chris on the night of the recent
burglary. Usually, he would have been home but, unusually
- that evening he left home at around midnight to stay at
his girlfriend's house in Newent. The gang cut the wires
of one of the security cameras before entering the property.
Not only did they steal thousands of pounds worth of Chris'
easily portable property - they deliberately vandalized
his brand new bed and, had they not been disturbed, would
have had his 54 inch TV set plus other stuff as well. The
television was completely unwired, ready to be taken and
had already been moved by the door when Bernice saw them
and they ran. As had the computer and network routers.
help if you can. The last time, Chris only got about 1/3
of value of what had been taken back on the insurance. This
time, it will be even less because small print makes insurance
a complete rip-off. Chris is acting 'big and brave' but,
being his dad, I can tell that he is heartbroken about the
loss of the stuff he has worked extremely hard for, on Morrisons
of the CDs, DVDs and Computer games (around £2,000
worth) were without cases as they were in a portable CD
storage case for Chris's convenience. This could be a real
give-away. If you get offered original CDs, DVDs etc. without
a case, or with a case but no insert, please call Crimestoppers