Eight-year-old girl afraid to sleep at home after burglary in Plymouth
A MOTHER and daughter have been left distraught after a burglar broke into their home and stole the child's computer and games console.
Katie Holbrook said eight-year-old Jasmine was now worried about sleeping at home in case the intruder comes back.
The single mum said she had saved all year to buy the laptop and Nintendo DS for her daughter's Christmas presents.
Katie added: "She doesn't want to stay here. She is at my mum's at the moment because she thinks they might come back."
The burglar got into their home in St Peter's Road, Manadon, through an insecure door sometime between 4am and 7am on Sunday. He took the black Asos computer, the Nintendo DS, £240 in cash and some tobacco. Police are hoping someone can identify the equipment, which was covered in distinctive Moshi monsters and Disney stickers.
Katie said: "I have saved so much to get her these things.
"She needs the laptop for school and she was so looking forward to going back and showing her teacher at Shakespeare Primary School how well she did with her maths over the half-term holiday.
"The burglar has taken £240 and left me with about £1 to buy food.
"It was devastating to wake up to this on a Sunday morning. I could live with this, but Jasmine knows she was asleep in the house when this happened.
"I have never saved so hard and I will struggle to replace what we have lost. This is hard for me, it must be even harder for an eight-year-old."
PC Steve Dykes, from Crownhill police station, said: "Katie is more upset for Jasmine than anything else. We would appeal for anyone who has been offered this equipment to get in touch.
"We would hope to prick someone's conscience."
Anyone with information about the burglary should contact the police on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 quoting crime reference number EL/13/749.