BRAVE MUM FOILS BANDITS
Barricading herself with her two terrified children at Benitachell house
A QUICK-THINKING mum barricaded herself and two terrified children inside her bedroom as thugs smashed their way into her Costa Blanca home.
The mother and her “very young” daughter and son – the boy was still sleeping in a cot – escaped unhurt despite the raiders trying to force their way into the bedroom. She was able to raise the alarm and police and friends raced to their aid.
The aggravated burglary took place on the evening of Tuesday October 2 at the house in a “semi-remote” location on the northern outskirts of Benitachell.
The masked burglars were caught on CCTV carrying a sledgehammer and it is believed by their ‘modus operandi’ that they are behind at least four other similar crimes in the area.
Neighbourhood Watch in Benitachell has issued an alert in a bid to catch the 'desperados' and advises that the suspects are dangerous and should not be approached.
The victim and her children have returned to be with family members in the UK for support and to deal with their ongoing trauma caused by the nightmare.
The suspects are described as having 'swarthy' dark complexions, one had a beard, and one carried a Nike bag, and wore a Nike top and trainers.
And the victim used social media to detail the family’s experience to warn others and help catch the criminals. She wrote: “It is not for sympathy or attention to me...it is so people can see these men are dangerous".
“Please help us find them, they have taken away personal belongings, which are irrelevant, but they have destroyed my family’s love of our beautiful house and my daughter will not enter her room for fear they are in there.
“I pray they do not take away another family’s safety and love of their home.”
The mother said she and the kids arrived home at about 20.30 – and decided to have an early night. “Usually my daughter goes to her bedroom to sleep but that night she wanted cuddles with me – I thank my lucky stars for this - my room being upstairs where my son’s cot is at the moment.”
She said about ‘nine-ish’ she felt something was wrong and could hear things outside but could see nothing from the hall window.
“Then there was an almighty smash and men’s voices. I ran into my bedroom; by this point my daughter is screaming. My first thought: move all furniture and barricade us in the room; so everything I could pull I dragged up to my door.”
She immediately rang the police and friends for help and held her children. “I could hear things move downstairs and I prayed they wouldn’t come upstairs... then my heart sank as I could hear footsteps run up the stairs.
“The door handle moved and I pushed back against them screaming ‘no, please, my children’. I could see a hand around the top of the door with a torch and hear my daughter screaming because she can see him. These seconds seemed like my whole life – for whatever reason they then give up and go... then police and friends arrive.”
Neighbourhood Watch Benitachell’s lead coordinator Muriel Sadler told CBNews the householder and her children had only been at home for about 30 minutes when the thieves broke in.
“The lady was upstairs with the two children and barricaded herself and the kids in her bedroom and prayed that the men would not come upstairs. Her daughter was screaming and the men came upstairs and tried to force their way into the bedroom; she begged them to go and not to harm them,” she said.
“This is unforgiveable and the lady has gone back to the UK to be with her family for a while for some much-needed support and TLC because she is so traumatised.
“Let’s hope that this sorry pair is apprehended quickly before they strike again or someone gets seriously hurt as a result of their desperation and greed.”
Muriel revealed another male victim underwent a similar incident at nearby Las Laderas, Jávea, on Saturday September 29. “It sounds like the same pair of desperados; plus there have been three other burglaries in Jávea with a similar MO.
“Do not attempt to tackle these individuals as there is a great chance that they could be violent.”
She advised people to call 112 for the Guardia Civil or 608 962 567 for Benitachell’s local police – and to keep Neighbourhood Watch updated so it could alert other residents in the area on 634 343 400 or email email@example.com – there is advice and information on the organisation’s national website www.neighbourhoodwatchinspain.com.