Presents stolen from garden shed

A SCARBOROUGH mum was left distraught after her daughters’ Christmas presents were stolen from the garden shed.

Stephanie Wilson, of St Leonard’s Crescent, was getting ready for work when she noticed that the shed door had blown open.

Mrs Wilson was horrified when she realised that all the presents for her twin daughters, Emily and Margaret, 11, had been taken.

The gifts, which were all wrapped, included two iPod shuffles, CDs, DVDs and make up. A laptop which had been bought for Christmas was thankfully left behind.

The 41 year old, who works at Wilkinsons, said: “I just thought ‘Oh my God, what am I going to do?’

“I’d bought the things as I had the money and kept them in the shed so the girls wouldn’t see.

“The people that have done this must be sick. How can they ruin someone’s Christmas like this?”

Mrs Wilson added that she still had to break the news to her daughters, who were staying with their grandma in Leeds.

The theft was reported straight away to the police, who are now making investigations.

A spokesman from North Yorkshire Police said thieves are likely to have used a crowbar to force a padlock on the shed door.

The burglary happened overnight on Wednesday and was reported at 8.20am yesterday.

Police are appealing for anyone with information to get in touch on 0845 6060247.

The officer dealing with the case is PC 1913 Braidwood.

Police are also encouraging people to check and make sure their homes are secure, especially over the Christmas period.

They are advising people to ensure items of value are not left on show, for example near windows and doors, and stored away appropriately.

A spokesman said: “If you go out for the evening - make it look like someone is at home by turning on lights and the radio.

“Don’t leave curtains open so people can see your decorations as potential thieves can see in.

“Be extra careful about locking doors and windows. As a fire precaution, don’t leave Christmas lights on in the house whilst you are out.

“If you go away for the holiday period - use an automatic timer for lights and ask a trusted neighbour to watch your home.

“Genuine delivery personnel usually have uniforms and liveried vehicles and should not need to come into your home. Charity collectors will have identification with them.”