Family’s house ransacked

2011-08-23 00:00

A MARBURG family arrived home on Sunday evening to find that their home had been ransacked.

They were robbed of a substantial amount of cash, jewellery valued at almost R100 000 and cameras.

The family were attending a function in Durban at the weekend when the burglary happened.

“We think it happened between 1 pm and 4.30 pm yesterday [Sunday],” said the wife, who declined to give her name.

The family had left both their dogs behind and their neighbours had been taking care of them.

“My neighbour last went into the property at 12:30 pm to feed our dogs. At that time everything was okay,” said the woman.

When they arrived home they were shocked at what they saw.

“We entered through the front so everything seemed normal.

But when we got into our passage we realised that we had been burgled.”

All the rooms were a mess.

“They ransacked every drawer. Our clothes, our bedding, everything was turned and toppled.”

The burglars used a crowbar to force the gate open and chiseled the door to gain entry.

They found two safes containing the jewellery and cash.

“We were staying in a hotel in Durban so I thought it would be safer to leave my jewellery at home,” said the woman.

“… little did I realise that this would happen in my own home.”

The family have been living on their property for almost 17 years and this is the first time they have been burgled.

“It’s not just the monetary value of what we have lost. A lot of the jewellery held sentimental value for us,” said the wife.

Among the jewellery taken were traditional ornaments that the bride is adorned with on her wedding day as well as gifts marking milestone anniversaries.

“I feel like my home and my personal space has been violated.

“I only thank God that we did not walk into our home while they were still here,” she added.

A case of robbery has been opened at the Port Shepstone police station and is being investigated.

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