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Burglars targeted Ely home as family slept upstairs

By Cambridge News  |  Posted: June 26, 2014

  • Helen Cooney and son, Rowan, 17 months.

  • Helen Cooney and son, Rowan, 17 months.

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A pregnant woman says she and her family feel “violated” and afraid to be in their own home after burglars broke in while they slept.

Helen Cooney, 29, her husband, Ron, 34, and their 17-month-old son, Rowan, were asleep upstairs at their home in Brooke Grove, off Beresford Road, Ely, when it was burgled in the early hours of Monday morning.

Helen, who is five months pregnant, and Ron, who is in the USAF, based in Mildenhall, woke up at around 7.30am to discover hundreds of pounds worth of valuables had been stolen.

The couple, who have lived at the property for around two years, are pleading for help to get their items back – particularly their “irreplaceable” photographs which were on a MacBook Pro taken by the burglars.

Helen, who works at Subway in Ely’s High Street, said: “We feel violated. The fact that someone, or more than one person, has been inside our home and helped themselves to our things while we, and our little boy, were asleep upstairs is awful. I feel on edge. Every single noise I hear, I panic. I actually feel afraid to be in my own home, yet at the same time I don’t want to leave the house just in case something else happens. It’s a horrible, horrible feeling.”

The offenders, who the couple believe entered the house via a rear patio door, made off with the MacBook Pro, a Fujitsu camera, a Ted Baker purse containing cash and bank cards, and a wallet, which contained around £35 cash, bank cards and ID documents.

They also made off with a burgundy colour Cambridge Satchel Company leather handbag. The bag is a Downing Street limited addition, has navy blue detailing, as well as Helen’s initials, HSC, featured on it.

Helen said: “We’ve got my purse back. That was found abandoned in Teasel Drive, although everything had been emptied out of it.

“My passport which was inside my handbag was also dumped but the rest is still missing.

“Obviously some valuable things were stolen and we’d like them back but the main things we want back are the photographs that are on my MacBook.

“There are photographs of our wedding, of Rowan as a baby, of Christmas – all photographs which are irreplaceable to us yet worthless to anyone else.

“My message to whoever burgled us would be that you can keep the other things but please just give me the photographs back.

“Put them on a disk or a memory stick and post them through my door – after all you know where I live. I’m even willing to offer a reward.”

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire Police said: “We are investigating a break-in at a home in Brooke Grove, Ely.

“Anyone with any information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”

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