A CHRIST­MAS NIGHT­MARE

Scrooge thieves steal fes­tive gifts

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

A Ruther­glen grand­mother was left dev­as­tated when cal­lous thieves broke into her house and stole Christ­mas presents meant for her fam­ily.

Cather­ine Kirk (62) re­turned to her Burn­hill home from a friend’s wed­ding in the early hours of Sun­day morn­ing to find her front door wide open and the lock bro­ken.

When she en­tered her house, she dis­cov­ered thieves had taken a num­ber of items.

Among them were presents for her grand­sons, Josh (12), and Reece (1). The raiders also took jew­ellery given to her by her grand­mother and mother.

Most of the presents were meant for Josh, who is a pupil at Cathkin High. They in­cluded a mo­bile phone, com­puter games, men’s bath and body gift sets and en elec­tric tooth­brush.

Cather­ine, who worked as a cleaner at Bankhead and Burn­side Pri­mary schools, said: “It sick­ens me, the thought of some­one in my house. I’ve been here over 40 years and never had any bother. There are so many things go­ing through my mind.”

“It’s aw­ful this kind of thing has hap­pened. There are el­derly folk on their own this could hap­pen to. The doors aren’t se­cure, I had to get the emer­gency joiner out and I can’t sleep in my bed­room at the mo­ment.”

Cather­ine left the house at 12.30pm on Satur­day ( De­cem­ber 5) to at­tend the wed­ding of a friend’s daugh­ter.

Cather­ine ad­mit­ted los­ing her fam­ily jew­ellery was par­tic­u­larly up­set­ting, adding: “This stuff doesn’t have a value. It can’t be re­placed. It all had sen­ti­men­tal value. There were items I re­ceived on my 18th and 21st birth­days and rings that be­longed to my mother and grand­mother.”

PC Greg Rober­ton of Ruther­glen Po­lice said: “A re­port of theft by house­break­ing in New­field Place, Ruther­glen, was re­ceived by po­lice in the early hours of Sun­day morn­ing.

He said: “Of­fi­cers at­tended and noted de­tails for a crime re­port, to which they are cur­rently in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

“Amongst items stolen were a quan­tity of Christ­mas gifts. This heart­less crime will not be tol­er­ated in our com­mu­nity and lo­cal of­fi­cers will do ev­ery­thing in their power to ar­rest the in­di­vid­ual re­spon­si­ble.”

He added: “If you have pur­chased Christ­mas gifts, make sure you don’t leave them near win­dows or doors.

“If you have a house alarm, please use it as it will act as a de­ter­rent to thieves. If you ob­serve any­one sus­pi­cious in your area con­tact us on 101 and of­fi­cers will be more than happy to at­tend and in­ves­ti­gate.”

Hor­ror story Cather­ine Kirk shows how the thugs gained en­try to her home

Glum Christine Kirk is gut­ted by the rob­bery

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