Couple in Broughty Ferry left ‘disgusted’ by sneak-in theft
CRIME: Husband and wife in shock as man enters home to steal and leaves without a trace
“He was just yards away from me. I assumed he was Joe
A wheelchair-user has spoken of his disgust after a thief followed him home and stole his wife’s handbag while she was in bed.
Shocking CCTV footage caught the culprit in the act as he followed Joe Kelly from the shops to his Broughty Ferry home.
Joe, 56, can be seen making his way along Castle Street before a man begins following close behind him.
Joe had been returning home from nearby Brook Street, where he had been shopping.
The culprit – who was wearing dark clothing and had short hair – followed Joe into his home at Castle Street as he was putting his shopping into the fridge.
Once in the property, he stole a handbag belonging to Joe’s wife Yasmine which contained a swimming medal belonging to her late sister.
Yasmine, 54, said: “I felt physically sick that someone came into our home. It must have happened around 9.45am.
“We reckon the guy had followed Joe home. He’s then come into the property and gone into the bedroom.
“I had my back to the bedroom door and he picked up my bag – he was just yards away from me. I assumed he was Joe.”
The pair realised he had been on the premises when the front door slammed shut.
Joe – who said he was “disgusted” at what happened – said: “As soon as I heard the door slam I shouted through to Yasmine and said ‘was that you?’.”
The couple then discovered that Yasmine’s red handbag – containing her late sister Elana’s swimming medal – was missing.
Yasmine said: “We contacted the police straight away. I was aware our neighbours had CCTV cameras so we had a look.
“In the footage, you can see the man hovering about outside our home. He appears to have followed Joe home before waiting outside.”
The couple, who have lived in the area for more than 18 years, said police retrieved the bag – but the medal and her purse were gone.
Yasmine said: “When the police returned the bag the purse was missing. There was a sum of cash of about £60.
“And I was gutted that Elana’s swimming medal had been stolen. I would really like to get her medal back.”
A spokesperson for Police Scotland said there had been no arrests in connection with the incident.
CCTV pictures show wheelchairbound Joe being followed by the unknown culprit.