Crooks clean up after theft of two cars


Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By KATIE BUT­LER katie.but­ler@trin­i­tymir­ @KatieBut­lerMEN

BUR­GLARS who broke into a fam­ily’s home while they slept up­stairs stole car keys to a £40,000 sports car – be­fore grab­bing clean­ing prod­ucts to cover their tracks.

Thugs smashed through the back door of Damian Gre­gory’s home in Chea­dle Hulme, Stock­port, in the early hours of Wed­nes­day.

They used a glove to cover the sen­sor on a se­cu­rity light be­fore break­ing in.

The rob­bers even went through the chil­dren’s back­packs.

Damian said he was wo­ken at around 5.30am by a neigh­bour, who also had his sports car stolen.

He no­ticed clean­ing spray from his house was left at his neigh­bour’s – and that his blow torch was left in his back gar­den.

It is thought the thieves used the spray and the blow torch to get rid of ev­i­dence. Speak­ing about the theft of his black BMW 335, Damian said: “They were ob­vi­ously pro­fes­sion­als, they knew what they were do­ing.

“They had put a glove over the sen­sor of the light and then taken clean­ing prod­ucts and a blow torch which, po­lice say, is used to re­move any DNA from the house.”

Damian, who owns a travel com­pany and a chil­dren’s nurs­ery added: “They ran­sacked the place. They have been in bis­cuit tins, cup­boards – even the chil­dren’s school bags. My el­dest daugh­ter, who is 12, is really up­set about it. A car is a car, but it’s more the fact they have been in the house.

“I want to make peo­ple aware this is hap­pen­ing in the area. There is a lot of this go­ing on here re­cently so peo­ple should make sure ev­ery­thing is se­cure.”

Damian said he is get­ting more se­cu­rity at the house to pre­vent it hap­pen­ing again. Po­lice said: “Of­fi­cers re­ceived a call at 5.35am to re­ports of a white Mercedes car be­ing stolen. “We re­ceived an­other call at 5.49am to re­ports of a black BMW also be­ing stolen.” Any­one with information can call po­lice on 101 or Crimestop­pers, anony­mously, on 0800 555 111. Damian Gre­gory

The bur­glars broke in through the back door and, right, a glove left over a se­cu­rity light sen­sor

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