Police are today hunting burglars who ransacked a Sheffield councillor’s home while he slept upstairs.
The crooks took more than £3,000 pounds worth of electric goods from the house of Councillor Peter Price before driving off in his car after swiping the keys from the kitchen table.
Two laptops, a phone, camera, projector and a kindle were taken during the raid in Swanbourne Road, Sheffield Lane Top, in the early hours of Monday morning.
The 76-year-old, who has lived alone since wife Janet passed away with cancer in 2000, says he has been left devastated by the incident.
The grandfather-of-nine said: “To think someone has been walking around your house while you’re asleep, it’s not very pleasant. I didn’t hear a thing which is very surprising because I’m a light sleeper.
“The first I knew about it was when I went downstairs in the morning. I was looking for my phone and it wasn’t where I left it, then I noticed my laptop wasn’t there. It was only then I saw the door had been jammed open. It wasn’t until after I called the police that I looked out the window and realised the car had gone too. It’s a nightmare.
“Every way of contacting people or getting around has just been taken from me.”
His car is a six-year-old grey Skoda Fabia
Coun Price - who has served on the city council for more than 40 years and represents labour in the Shiregreen and Brightside ward - says the burglary must have taken place between 3am, when he went to bed after staying up late answering emails, and 4.30am when neighbours, arriving home from holiday, say they noticed his car wasn’t in the drive.
“I don’t know if they were watching, waiting for me to go to bed or what,” he added.
A police spokesman said: “Police are investigating a burglary on Swanbourne Road reported on Monday June 10.
“Anyone with information should call 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111”.