Defiant victim speaks out

Burglary victim Brian Monkman pictured at his home, which is protected by a number of cctv cameras.'114175b. Picture Kevin Allen.'14/10/11.
Burglary victim Brian Monkman pictured at his home, which is protected by a number of cctv cameras.'114175b. Picture Kevin Allen.'14/10/11.

A 61-YEAR-OLD disabled Scarborough man has spoken of his shock when he realised his home had been burgled while he was enjoying a night out.

The crooks targeted the sheltered accommodation where he and many pensioners live, said Brian Monkman, a former builder, who lives at Gatesgarth Close, Newby.

He said: “When I walked back in I thought I must have left the cupboards open. I was upset. When someone’s been in your house it’s not nice. How dare they come into my house?”

On returning, he had noticed windows left wide open and later found a perfect footprint on his door.

Detectives are still in the middle of the investigation into the theft and it is understood officers are following leads.

CCTV footage of the incident might reveal the identity of the burglars – but no images have been released yet.

Mr Monkman, whose health issues affect his breathing, said it was an awful feeling to know that he had fallen victim to burglars.

Mr Monkman said that the suspects seemed to know what they were looking for because they did not take several large valuable items elsewhere in his home

They stole a safe – containing bank cards, a passport and birth certificate – a laptop computer, a small amount of cash and various items of jewellery of unknown value.

He added: “I’m a nice guy but they shouldn’t have done it.”

The thieves are thought to have got into the property through the back door and it is understood that bulbs in two security lights were broken at the time – making the area darker for the burglars.

Mr Monkman said he thought his home was fairly secure before the break-in and would be looking at tightening security so that he would be better prepared in future.

He added that he was concerned that thieves were targeting the vulnerable or elderly.

He said: “I am the youngest one here.”

A North Yorkshire police spokesman said: “We would like to appeal to anyone who knows anything about this incident to contact Scarborough CID.”

Anyone with any information, or who saw anything suspicious at the time of the incident, is urged to contact Scarborough Police on 0845 6060247 – quoting incident number 12110172220.