BURGLARY victim Jayne Chedgzoy said her life has been shattered after callous thieves broke into her home, making off with £14,000 in cash saved for her disabled daughter.
Jayne, aged 46, lives on Ashwood Road, Rawmarsh, Rotherham, with her ex-husband Dean, who came downstairs one Saturday morning to find their living room ransacked and the safe containing the money missing.
The burglars had also taken the couple’s wedding and engagement rings, as well as smartphones and laptops belonging to their children.
“I don’t feel like going out and I keep the door locked all the time now,” said Jayne, who was out at the time of the break-in.
“It will never leave me. You’ve got to live with this for the rest of your life.”
She said the money was being saved for their 23-year-old daughter Michaela, who has Down’s Syndrome, in case she needed private hospital treatment in future.
Dean said the burglary happened between 3am and 4am on June 30, with the raiders gaining entry through the back door by forcing open the lock.
“I didn’t hear anything, they must have snapped the lock with a pair of mole grips,” he said.
“I felt gutted, I just broke down.”
The safe also contained the family’s passports and their children’s birth certificates.
Dean and Jayne have 10 children between them. Their youngest daughter Summer, four, and Michaela were inside the house during the break-in.
“Everyone with UPVC double-glazing should check their locks and go out and buy anti-snap locks,” Jayne said.
Two people were arrested over the burglary but there was insufficient evidence to charge them. The stolen property has not yet been recovered.
“We knew who it was,” Jayne continued.
“These particular people are known throughout Parkgate and Rawmarsh for burglaries.”
Dean added: “They want to take a step back and look at how it affects us. It destroys people’s lives.”
Victim Support worker Pauline Harvey, who has worked with the family, said burglary effects victims in different ways.
“We give them emotional and practical support for as long as they need it,” she said.
“If a case goes to trial at court we will support them throughout that process as well.”